How to Make a Traditional Paper Lantern

Make a replica of traditional Chinese lanterns out of paper.
Make a replica of traditional Chinese lanterns out of paper. (Image: chinese lanterns image by Karin Lau from

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Stapler

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

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

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

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.

Tips & Warnings

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


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