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

We love to celebrate Chinese New Year in this house, and I love making seasonal printables that I can use and share with you. I’ve been updating my Chinese New Year Printables for 2017 and the Year of the Rooster, starting with these pretty paper lanterns.

These free printable paper lanterns are so easy to make. Video tutorial, and free printable here! Perfect for Chinese New Year of the Rooster

Chinese Paper Lanterns

Gold RoosterAll of my printables this year will feature the Rooster that I designed. Now he’s been added to last year’s Monkey, it’ll only be 10 years till the set is complete! You can see the Year of the Monkey (2016) lanterns here.

Back to the first of these Chinese New Year free printables for 2017 – starting with 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 Rooster.

I have made these Chinese paper lanterns in 3 different designs – plain red and gold, with Chinese New Year written on, and of course, the Rooster. They are also in tow different paper sizes (A4 and 8.5 x 11″)

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Free Printable Paper Lanterns

» Large Lanterns – (A4)
» Small Lanterns – (A4)

» Large Lanterns – (8.5 x 11″)
» Small Lanterns – (8.5 x 11″)

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Crafting supplies you might need…
» White Card
» White Paper
» Scissors
» Glue
» Double Sided Tape
» White Card
» White Paper
» Scissors
» Glue
» Double Sided Tape


  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 quick video to demonstrate. You can watch the regular speed version over on YouTube.


How to make Chinese Paper Lanterns + Free Printables

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