How to Make a Traditional Paper Lantern

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Things You'll Need

  • Construction paper

  • Scissors

  • Tape

  • Stapler

Make a replica of traditional Chinese lanterns out of paper.

Teach children about Chinese culture by having them create a traditional paper lantern. Use this craft as a hands-on extension activity when teaching children about the cultures of the world. Constructed from construction paper, these paper lanterns are simple to make and can be used as a decoration for a Chinese New Year party. Make a single paper lantern, or make several different-colored lanterns and string them around a room.


Step 1

Fold a sheet of colored construction paper in half vertically, forming a long, thin rectangle.

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Step 2

Cut slits in the paper along the folded line. Do not cut all the way to the end of the paper.


Step 3

Open up the paper, then roll the paper until the two ends meet. Tape the edges of the paper together.

Step 4

Cut a long, thin rectangle from construction paper. Staple the edges of the rectangle to either side of the top of the lantern, forming a handle for the lantern.


If you're working with children, draw lines on the paper to indicate where they should cut.


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