How To Make Chinese Paper Lanterns + Free Printable

How to make Chinese New Year Paper Lanterns + Free Printables

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I remember making these sorts of paper lanterns when I was in primary school! They’re easy and fun to make, and if you make lots of them, they look great hung upon some string spanning across the room – a perfect decoration for Chinese New Year.

I have made these Chinese paper lanterns in 4 different designs, and in two sizes, so you can mix and match as much as you wish.

Chinese Paper Lanterns

You will need…


  1. First cut the lantern handle from the printable, then the leftover red strip.
  2. Fold the paper in half, and using the guidelines, cut along them, to the gold band.
  3. Unfold, and turn over to the blank side. Apply double sided sticky tape, or glue to the bottom ends.
  4. Fold around and stick into place. Gently push down to fan out the lantern.
  5. Apply tape or glue to each end of the handle and stick in place.

I thought that describing how to make these might be a bit tricky to understand, so I’ve made a quick video to demonstrate. You can watch the regular speed version over on YouTube.


How to make Chinese Paper Lanterns + Free Printables

Download (Large) Chinese Paper Lanterns

Download (Small) Chinese Paper Lanterns

For more Chinese New Year ideas & inspiration, click here

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