How to Make Chinese Paper Lanterns

Chinese lanterns, chinese paper lanterns, diy paper lanterns

How to Make Chinese Paper Lanterns

Chinese Paper Lanterns represent merriment and festivity. Paper lanterns are perceived to have originated in China. They have been celebrated at Lantern festivals, weddings, and sent prayers to Heaven for many years. Watching lanterns expel into the night sky is awe inspiring. Chinese paper lanterns also make great decorative accents at other functions such as baby showers, birthday parties, barbecues, and as home decor. Now you can bring some culture into the classrooms or even decorate your kids’ bedrooms with homemade Chinese paper lanterns. Most importantly, kids will love making them!

What you’ll need:

2 sheets of A4 paper, Cardstock Paper, Scrapbook Paper, or Wrapping Paper

Crayons

Scissors

Glue, Stapler, or Tape

Step 1

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Take a piece of paper and fold it in half horizontally

Step 2

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Cut along the folded edge. Be sure not to cut all the way through.

Step 3

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Take the ends and connect them. Be sure to connect the ends from the inside so it is not visible

Step 4

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Cut another piece of paper to use as the handle. Cut two additional pieces of paper to make banners

Step 5

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Attach the handle to the top of the lantern

Step 6

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Now decorate!

You can also take decorating a step further  by adding stickers, glitter, paper streamers, words, or drawing on your lanterns. Here are a few examples for some inspiration.

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Paper lantern with glitter banner and paper streamers

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