Chinese Hanging Lantern

Decorate the classroom or play area for Chinese New Year with these easy to make, colourful hanging lanterns. To make these you will need the following:

Paper Plates
Coloured Card (Red, Green and Orange)
Plastic Jewels
Patterned Green Paper
Chinese Character Stickers (or can be drawn on)
Black Card
Thin Ribbon
Pencil
Hole Punch
Scissors
Glue
Ruler

To make a hanging lantern

  1. Place a paper plate on a sheet of green card. Draw around it with a pencil. Neatly cut out the circle with scissors.
  2. Cut out a rectangle, measuring 12cm x 20cm, of green patterned paper. Glue it to the centre of the green circle of card.
  3. Next, cut out a narrow rectangle of orange card, measuring 8cm x 20cm. Decorate it with Chinese characters. Mount it onto the patterned green rectangle.
  4. Take a sheet of red card. Cut out a red ‘hat’ for your lantern. Now, cut out a red rectangle for the lantern base. Stick them in position. Lastly, glue a row of plastic jewels to the top of the lantern base to decorate.
  5. Punch a series of holes along the bottom edge of the red lantern base. Thread a length of thin ribbon through each hole then know to secure (as pictured). Finally, punch two holes in the top of the lantern. Make a hanging loop by threading through black cord then knotting the ends.
This great project has been supplied by Creative Steps magazine – fun ideas for everyone caring for young children. Each issue of Creative Steps contains dozens of fun, inspiring ideas to help you encourage learning through creative play.

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