Chinese Paper Lanterns

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Chinese Paper Lanterns
Ages school-age

A fun paper lantern craft for kids to decorate your home for Chinese New Year. Make many lanterns of different colors for decorations and hang them around your home.

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What you'll need

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Glue, glitter, sequins, if desired to decorate your lantern

How to make it

  1. Use your ruler to measure and cut one inch off the short end of your paper. Set aside to use as the handle.

  2. Fold your paper in half lengthwise.

  3. Draw a line one inch from the end of the long edge of the paper opposite the folded edge. This will be the line where you stop cutting.

  4. Measure and mark lines one inch apart starting at the folded edge and moving towards the "stop cutting" line. (see photo)

  5. Cut on the marked lines up to the "stop cutting" line.

  6. Unfold the paper.

  7. Re-crease the paper in the opposite direction. This will hide any pencil marks.

  8. Match the long edges together on the lantern and use tape to hold it in place.

  9. Staple the handle to the top of the lantern. (see photo)

  10. Make as many lanterns as you wish and display them around your home.

  11. If you wish, add glue, glitter, sequins or other things to decorate your lanterns.

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