Chinese lanterns are so easy and fun to make that they often associated with festivals. These paper lanterns are quite popular to make for Chinese New Year. This is such a great project for kids who are starting to master the use of scissors! So, why not you could make these paper lanterns with your kids and teach them a bit about Chinese culture? Let’s get started with the step by step tutorial.
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- Cardstock paper
- Glue gun or school glue
- Washi Tape or any color paper or satin ribbon
- To make paper lanterns, take the cardstock paper and cut into two pieces of 5 inches and 6 inches each. Now apply some glue on the corner of the 5-inch paper and roll it forming a cylinder shape.
- Now take the 6-inch piece and begin by cutting down the long side of .5 inches and set them aside.
- Next, fold the sheet of paper in half to form a long and skinny rectangle, as shown.
- Draw pencil marks as a guide to make sure you don’t cut all the way to the edge of the paper.
- Open it up, and place the cylinder over the sheet. Apply glue to both ends and paste it around the cylinder shape as shown.
- Now take the .5 inches paper strip and glue it as a lantern handle.
- Use washi tapes or satin ribbon or any colored paper strips and paste it over the lantern to decorate it, if desired.
- That’s It! Hang your paper lanterns from the ceiling, or place them on the table for a colorful and festive centerpiece!
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