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Lunar New Year Paper Lantern


Celebrate the Lunar New Year in style by creating these fun and easy paper lanterns. What is the Lunar New Year? Traditionally celebrated in Chinese and Asian cultures, the Lunar New Year marks the beginning of the year based on cycles of the moon, and the lanterns are used to light up the winter night. Celebrating culture and working together to create something is always an enriching, rewarding way to spend time with one another!

You'll Need

  • 1 8.5" x 11" sheet
    Red construction paper (one sheet of paper makes one large lantern)
  • 1 8.5" x 11" sheet
    Yellow construction paper (for gold accents)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tape, glue or stapler
  • Markers (to decorate the lantern while it's flat) (optional)
  • Small electric candle to put inside (optional)


lunar new year lantern craft step one

Fold the red construction paper in half longways so that you have a long rectangle.

lunar new year lantern craft step two

Using a ruler as a guide, draw a line across the top of the paper, just under an inch from the open end. Then draw a series of lines from the closed end to the line.

lunar new year lantern craft step three

Cut along the lines. Your lines don’t have to be exact so you can freehand the cuts instead of drawing lines.

lunar new year lantern craft step four

Open the paper and fold the long ends so they touch, giving the lantern its cylindrical shape.

lunar new year lantern craft step five

Use tape, glue or a stapler, join the ends together and close your lantern.

lunar new year lantern craft step six

Cut two long strips of yellow paper and attach one at each end of your lantern.


Optional: Place a small electric candle on the table and put your lantern over top of it to light it up.


Optional: Cut a long strip of construction paper and secure inside one end of your lantern to hang them as decorations.

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