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Paper Lanterns | Easy Crafts for Kids

Paper Lanterns

Your family can celebrate the Chinese New Year and its finale, the Lantern Festival, with a collection of these flameless mini paper lanterns.


  • Gold paper
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Paper clips
  • Length of string or thin rope


Paper Lanterns - Step 1

1. To make each one, first help your child fold a 4 1/4- by 5 1/2-inch piece of colored paper in half lengthwise and use scissors to make cuts about 1/2 inch apart along the crease, stopping about 1/4 inch from the paper's unfolded edges.

Paper Lanterns - Step 2

2. Next, roll a 3 3/4- by 5 1/2-inch piece of gold paper (found in art supply and craft stores) widthwise into a tube and tape the ends together, overlapping them by about 1/2 inch. Unfold the colored paper and glue it around the tube so that its creases jut out slightly, as shown, securing it in place with paper clips while the glue dries. Finally, tape or glue a strip of matching colored paper across the top of the tube for a hanger. For a garland, slip a number of lanterns onto a length of string or thin rope, taping them in place to keep them from sliding.