Paper Lanterns

30 Jan


Tomorrow is the Chinese New Year, the year of the horse! These lanterns are so much fun to make and would be a perfect addition to your Chinese New Year Celebration!

They are also adorable for parties, sleepovers, picnics and playrooms! You could even use “fancy” paper and ribbons and use them for a wedding! They are super easy to make, as well!

Here’s the scoop:

What You Need

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

How to Make

  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 stopcutting.
  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.
  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. (This is the fun part for your kiddos) 🙂


Here is an easy horse craft you can also do with your kiddos!  It is the year of the horse you know 🙂  HORSE CRAFT DIRECTIONS


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