Kai-Lan's Chinese New Year Fancy Lantern

Kai-Lan's Chinese New Year Fancy Lantern

Join the Lantern Festival Parade or host a lantern party with these fancy paper lanterns from Kai-lan and her friends!

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Kai-Lan's Chinese New Year Fancy Lantern

Craft Features

Parent Supervision Needed
This craft requires extra parent involvement and a watchful eye, because it may require sharp tools or intricate handiwork.
Allow for Dry Time
You'll need to allow extra time for glue or paint to dry.

Developmental Skills

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Ages: 4-6

Materials

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Print and cut out four copies of the lantern body shape from either the colored templates or black-and-white templates. Kids can color in the black-and-white templates.

  2. Step 2

    Cut two slits with a craft knife on each lantern body shape where designated. (Parents need to do this part.)

  3. Step 3

    Fold each lantern shape inward vertically in the middle, ideally forming a 90-degree angle.

  4. Step 4

    Glue the two folded shapes together through one half-side of each shape. The two half-sides glued together should match each other's shape. Now you should have a flat base consisting of two unglued half-sides and two glued half-sides sticking up in the middle. This will constitute half of the lantern. Do the same to the other two folded lantern shapes.

  5. Step 5

    Before gluing the two halves of the lantern back to back, place a piece of string, ribbon, or yarn in between, along the axis of the lantern. Leave about 5 inches of the string both above the top and below the bottom of the lantern.

  6. Step 6

    Print and cut out the two lantern scroll stripes either in black-and-white or color. Have your child color in the black-and-white version. Glue one to another's end over the tab so they become a one-piece scroll. Insert the scroll through the four slits on the lantern. When the end of the scroll meets the top, glue over the tab to form a circle. Adjust the scroll circle so each character's face appears in the middle of its "quarter."

  7. Step 7

    Cut the bottom string to the desired length and knot the tassel onto the end.

  8. Step 8

    Make a knot at the top of the string, and then hang your lantern!

  9. Step 9 (OPTIONAL)

    Cut out four segments (each containing one hanging pom-pom) of the red pom-pom trim. Use fabric glue to affix the red pom-poms to the four lantern eaves.

Tip: To create a more festive look, make more lanterns and use red pom-pom trim to hang the lanterns.
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