How to Create a Paper Chinese Lantern

It may have been the official start of the Lunar New Year last week, but there’s still several days left to celebrate the start of the Year of the Dog! Read on for our how to guide on how you can easily create your own Chinese Lantern from paper to decorate any room or workplace with!

Step 1 – Creating the Lantern Handle

First of all, make sure you’ve got some paper to hand. Depending on if you want to create a small or large Chinese Lantern, you have the flexibility to choose between an A4 or A3 sheet. As soon as you’ve got your paper in front of you, make sure to tilt it so that it is in a horizontal position. This is important in order to create a handle long enough to properly support the design itself. Once you’ve done this, cut off a strip of the paper from the longer edge – this should be about 1 inch in width when measured. This will be used later to craft a strong lantern handle.

Step 2 – Crafting the Main Body of the Lantern

Next, fold the paper you are using in half lengthwise. This is important as the next step involves creating the light gaps inside the lantern. Start to cut paper strips as you did in Step 1 but this time crosswise, cutting from the folded edge all the way to the other edge. Make sure not to cut too far across the paper – the strips will still need to be connected once you unfold the paper.

Paper Chinese Lantern Tutorial

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Step 3 – Shaping the Lantern

When you are happy with the amount of strips you’ve cut into your design using the method below, it’s time to unfold the paper. Slowly unfold it – you should see a clear crease line. If this is the case, the next step is to delicately loop the paper into a tube shape. Once you’ve achieved this, use some sellotape or a stapler to join the short ends of the paper together, holding everything into place.

Step 4 – Joining a handle to the Lantern

Remember the strip of paper you cut in Step 1? Make sure you’ve got this to hand as you should now loop both edges of this paper strip to the opposite sides of the lantern design. Secure this in place using either sellotape or a stapler similar to the previous step to complete your paper Chinese Lantern!

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Sam Rose