DIY Chinese New Year Lantern Decorations

Chinese New Year Paper Lantern decorations Craft

 

Supplies

  • black construction paper
  • red paper (thinner paper is easier to fold. I used red origami paper, 10″ square)
  • ribbon or string
  • red envelope
  • glue
  • scissors

Chinese New Year Paper Lantern Craft supplies


Instructions

This is an easy craft but since red envelopes come in many sizes, please adjust the measurements based on what you think looks best. For younger children (preschool), you can have all the parts of the lantern pre-made for them to glue together.

 

1) Cut the paper into strips about 3 inches wider than the red envelope. Save the scraps.

Chinese New Year Paper Lantern Craft

 

2) Trim the black piece of construction paper so that it is about 4 inches longer than your envelope.

Chinese New Year Paper Lantern Craft

 

3) Accordion fold the red strip of paper.

Chinese New Year Paper Lantern Craft

 

4) Glue the folded paper to the black paper, leaving about half an inch at the top and bottom.

Chinese New Year Paper Lantern Craft

 

5) Round the corners.

Chinese New Year Paper Lantern Craft

 

6) Using a scrap of black construction paper, cut two pieces about the same width as the red envelope. Round two corners on one of the longer sides. Glue to the top and bottom of your lantern.

Chinese New Year Paper Lantern Craft

 

7) Glue the red envelope onto the lantern.

Chinese New Year Paper Lantern Craft

 

8) Using a scrap of the red paper, cut into thin strips to make the tassel.

Chinese New Year Paper Lantern Craft

 

9) Glue the tassel under the bottom of your lantern.

Chinese New Year Paper Lantern Craft

 

10) Glue the ribbon to the top of your lantern.

Chinese New Year Paper Lantern Craft - gluing on ribbon

 


My kids were so excited about this project and had a lot of fun making their lanterns. My even son asked me to take photos of him with his lantern to show his teacher at school. My daughter, age 3, needed a lot of help but she really enjoys cutting and gluing.

Making paper lanterns


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