How to make a paper lantern for Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year celebrates the beginning of a new lunar year. In 2015, the year of the sheep, the celebrations will begin on February 19 and culminate the traditional fifteen days later with a Lantern Festival. The colour red is a symbol of luck in Chinese culture and the colour gold is a symbol of wealth and happiness, so many Chinese lanterns are made using these colours.
How to make a paper lantern
You will need
Textas, paint or stamps to decorate
Double sided tape
Ribbon to decorate
Ribbon or string to hang lantern
Chinese costume to craft in – optional ;)
1. Measure a piece of paper the size of your cardboard tube. You can decorate the paper if you like and then attach the piece of red paper to the cardboard tube using double sided tape or glue.
2. Place a piece of double sided tape at the top and bottom of the decorated tube and peel off the backing.
3. Cut paper into strips. The strips can be as wide as you like, but best if they are all roughly the same width. The strips also need to be longer in length than the cardboard tube so that it can bend in the middle. You can decorate the strips of paper if you like. We used some Chinese word stamps in gold ink to decorate ours.
4. Attach the strips of paper to the double sided tape on the top and bottom of the cardboard tube.
5. Continue to add strips of paper until you have gone all the way around the tube.
You might like to decorate these strips of paper with gold ribbon or tassels like we did.
Festivals, such as Chinese New Year, are a great way to introduce your children to other cultures and traditions different to their own through play and creativity.
The day we took these pictures, my five year old had been playing dress ups and insisted on wearing this outfit all day. After having such fun making the Chinese lanterns and looking up some information about China in a gorgeous world book that we have, she begged for Chinese takeaway for dinner in front of a movie set in China. Being school holidays, I was happy to oblige. She chose Mulan over Kung Fu Panda.
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