On 10 February, Chinese New Year celebrations began across the world. This year, we welcome the Year of the Snake. The fifteenth and final day of the celebration is commemorated with the YUAN XIAO JIE, or the Festival of Lanterns. Children and adults carry lanterns in a parade during a full moon. Learn how to make your own lantern to light up the sky on the final day of Chinese New Year celebrations, 25 February!

Make Your Own Paper Lantern

A Barefoot Activity for Kids Ages 4+

Chinese lanterns are made from paper and bamboo and formed into shapes such
as rabbits, butterflies or lobsters. You can create your own lantern by following the instructions below.

what to find

  • 8 ½” x 11″ or A4 sheet of paper
  • scissors

what to do

1. Decorate a piece of 8 ½” x 11″ or A4 paper.

2. Fold the paper in half lengthways. Crease the center fold sharply.

3. Hold the paper with the fold at the bottom, and start cutting toward the opposite open edge, approximately 1 inch/3cm in from the narrow side. Do not cut all the way up; leave approximately 1 inch/3cm of uncut paper at the top.

4. Repeat step 3, cutting eight more slits at 1 inch/3cm intervals along the center fold.

5. Open up the paper.

6. Apply glue to one short end, and roll and attach it to the other to form a “tube.”
Gently push the top down slightly to form the lantern shape. Cut a narrow strip of paper and glue it to the top of the lantern to make a handle.





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