How To Make Paper Lanterns – Chinese New Year of the Pig

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Today I’m sharing free printable Chinese paper lanterns which are updated 2019 Chinese New Year printables for the Year of the Pig. Print, assemble and hang at home to celebrate!

Chinese New Year 2019 is the Year of the Pig, and falls on February 5th. I have shared lots of Chinese New Year printables over the years, and I like to update them so that they reflect the correct Chinese Zodiac signs. 

The Pig occupies the last (12th) position in the Chinese Zodiac and 2019 will be a year of fortune and luck! Your Chinese Zodiac is Pig if you are born in one of these years: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019.

Free Printable Chinese New Year Paper Lanterns - Download and print this paper lantern template and make them to hang at Chinese New Year. Video tutorial included too!


Chinese Paper Lanterns

Chinese New Year PigWe love to celebrate Chinese New Year in our household, I remember as a child going to Chinatown in London with my family and seeing the Lion Dance which always had me in complete awe, and we’d always enjoy some Chinese food too. My dad was really into Kung Fu in his younger days, so maybe that’s where it all stemmed from! You can read more about Chinese New Year on my blog here.

All of my printables this year will feature the Pig that I designed. Now he’s been added to previous years’ Dog, Rooster, and Monkey –  it’ll only be 8 years till the set is complete!

Back to the first of these Chinese New Year free printables for 2019 – paper lanterns, which I remember making as a schoolgirl! 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 to celebrate the Year of the Pig.

I have made these Chinese paper lanterns in 3 different designs – plain red and gold; red with Chinese New Year written on; and of course, the Pig. They are also in two different paper sizes (A4 and US Letter).

Since I will be sharing several free printables for Chinese New Year, make sure you are a member of The Pumpkin Patch so that you know when the next printable is available!

You can also find all of my Chinese New Year Printables here.

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  1. Print the lanterns template onto thick white paper, or thin white card
  2. First cut the lantern handle from the printable, then the leftover red strip.
  3. Fold the paper in half, and using the guidelines, cut along them, to the gold band.
  4. Unfold, and turn over to the blank side. Apply double sided sticky tape, or glue to the bottom ends.
  5. Fold around and stick into place. Gently push down to fan out the lantern.
  6. 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 video to demonstrate. If you don’t see it below, you should see it at the top, or at the side of this post.



Crafting supplies you might need…

» White Card
» White Paper
» Scissors
» Glue
» Double Sided Tape

How to make Chinese Paper Lanterns + Free Printables

For more Chinese New Year ideas & inspiration, click here

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Free Printable Chinese New Year Paper Lanterns - Download and print this paper lantern template and make them to hang at Chinese New Year. Video tutorial included too!

The document(s) is (are) a PDF and can be opened with Adobe Reader which is free to use.
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