During Lunar New Year, the lantern festival signifies the end of the new year celebration. This day is usually spent with family, enjoying food and watching lion/dragon dances. Normally, red gauze is used for making lanterns. The red colour is chosen because it signifies happiness. Gold accents are used because it’s a symbol for wealth.
This very easy to do paper lantern can be hung up in a classroom, or perhaps used as outdoor decor in the warmer months. Their lightweight design will have them floating blissfully in the wind.
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You Will Need:
- Handmade Lokta Paper Flowers
- Construction Paper – Assorted Colours
- Double Sided Stamp Tape or Transparent Glue Stick
- Crayola Glitter Glue
1. Fold your paper that you will be using for the body of the lantern in half. You have the option to fold either the long way or the short way. If you fold lengthwise, your lantern will turn out shorter. If you fold it width-wise, it will come out longer. See the outcome in a few pictures below.
2. Mark a line about ½ an inch form the edge of your folded paper. I folded my paper inside out so I could mark it on the plain side. We want to make sure that we aren’t cutting the paper all the way to the end, as this will act as a top and bottom boarder, to keep your lantern intact. Cut up from the folded edge, along the whole sheet of paper.
3. Open up your paper. Roll it into a tube shape, and glue/tape the ends together. What I like to do at this point is really crease those folds, to get the lantern to stay in its shape.
This is what you should currently have.
4. Using a different coloured paper, cut out 3 strips of paper. Two of the paper strips will be used as a trim to really finish off your lanterns nicely. The other strip of paper will be used as the handle. Attach these with glue or stamp tape.
5. Now using the glitter glue, embelish and decorate your lanterns however you want! I added some glitter dots around the trim of my pink lantern, and some gold glitter stripes on my red lantern.
Based on how you folded the paper, you can get two different sizes of lanterns. The pink lantern paper was folded lengthwise and the red lantern was folded width-wise. You can get really creative and even add strips of tissue paper to the bottom of the lanterns to create a tail-like effect.
Have fun and get crafting!
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