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How To Make A Paper Lantern For Chinese New Year

January 18 2006

It's nearly Chinese New Year! Celebrations for Chinese New Year 2006 start on January 29 and last for 15 days.

The last day of the celebrations is the Lantern Festival. In Chinese it is called the Yuan Xiao Festival. It's celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade.

If you'd like to make your own paper lantern, here's how:

A sheet of yellow paper

You will need...

* Coloured paper or thin card (wrapping paper works well)
* Scissors
* Glue, sticky tape or a stapler * Ruler


Fold the paper lengthways...

A sheet of yellow paper being folded lengthways.

A sheet of yellow paper being folded lengthways.


...and make a sharp crease in the folded edge with your fingertip.


Use scissors to cut into the folded edge of the card, stopping about 2cm away from the opposite edge.

Someone cutting into a folded sheet of yellow paper with scissors.

Someone cutting into a folded sheet of yellow paper with scissors.


Make another cut in the same way about 2cm away from the first one, and repeat until you've made cuts all the way along the card, stopping about 2cm from the end.


Now unfold the card - it should look a bit like this.

A sheet of yellow paper with slots cut in it.

The edges of a yellow paper lantern being fastened together.


Roll the card around so the two short edges are together. Now you can see how your lantern will take shape.


If you're using glue, put glue down one of the short sides of the card - making sure the card is 'right' side up.

Glue being applied to one edge of a sheet of yellow paper which has slots cut in it.

A yellow paper lantern being glued together.


Press the two short sides together firmly so the glue sticks - or if you're using sticky tape or staples, hold the sides together and fasten them in place.


If you're using glue to stick your lantern together, you might want to hold it in place with paper clips while the glue dries.

A yellow paper lantern with paperclips securing its glued edges together.

Glue being applied to both ends of a strip of pink card. A yellow paper lantern is in the background.


To give your lantern a handle, cut a strip of card or paper about 2cm wide.

The handle needs to be long enough to curve over from one side of the top of your lantern to the other.


Stick the handle across the inside of the top of the lantern.

A pink card handle being stuck to the top of a yellow paper lantern.

A yellow paper lantern with a pink card handle.


There you go - your very own Chinese lantern.


You can make them all in sizes and colours - here we've made a red one, because red is a lucky colour in China. We've decorated it with gold glitter glue.

How about making loads and hanging them on a string across the room?

A red paper lantern decorated with gold glitter.


If you make a lantern, we'd love to see a photo, so Get In Touch!

Kristen Bailey