How to Make a Chinese Lantern out of Construction Paper

My daughter made a Chinese lantern in school last year.  Chinese lanterns are made out of paper and normally there is a light inside of them.  They’re popular in China and Japan.

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Here’s how you make a Chinese Lantern out of construction paper:

1. Draw a picture in markers on a piece of 12 x 18" construction paper.  This is the picture my daughter drew on hers.  It’s a few months old so the paper is a bit crumpled.

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2. Fold the paper neatly in half and cut straight lines from the middle of the paper to about 2" from the end.

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3. Curve the paper around into a cylindrical shape to make end meet end.  Staple the top and bottoms of the paper, to attach one side to the other.

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4. If you’d like you can make a little hole with a hole puncher at the top of the lantern and put a string through it and try it so you can hang it up.

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This one’s a bit old, so you can tell it won’t last forever.  But it is a nice little project to do with kids on a rainy day.

Enjoy!

Mama Lisa

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