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

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These free printable Chinese paper lanterns are fun and easy to make, and look so awesome when hung up to celebrate the Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year! To make the Chinese lanterns, all you need is the printable sheet, scissors, and glue! The printable has been updated to reflect the Year of the Tiger which begins on February 1st, 2022!

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Free Printables - Chinese New Year Paper Lanterns (TIGER)

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Chinese Paper Lanterns

Tigers are the third of the Chinese zodiacs. According to legend, Tiger was confident that no one could compete with its speed and vigor for the celestial race that would decide the order of the zodiacs. However, when Tiger climbed out of the river, thinking it was first, it was informed that Rat placed first for its cunning and Ox placed second for its diligence. This left the king of the jungle having to settle for third place. – Chinese Zodiac

Your Chinese Zodiac is Tiger if you are born in one of these years: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022.

We 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 Tiger that I designed. Now he’s been added to previous years’ Ox, Rat, Pig, Dog, Rooster, and Monkey –  it’ll only be 5 years till the set is complete!

I remember making this style of paper lanterns as a school girl! They’re easy and fun to make, and if you make lots of them, they look great hung up on some string spanning across the room – a perfect decoration to celebrate the Year of the Tiger.

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Read this next: 50+ Delicious Recipes for Chinese New Year

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How To Make Paper Lanterns

Grab the free printable templates to make these awesome lanterns using the instructions in the tutorial card below.

The large template fills a whole page, and small has two templates per page. I think it looks nice to have a variety of different sizes and styles as you can see in the photo in the how-to card below.

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Chinese New Year Paper Lanterns

Chinese New Year Paper Lanterns

Yield: As Many As You Need!
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner

A fun and simple craft for Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year. Make these paper lanterns to decorate for the celebrations!


  • White Paper
  • Free Printable Template (link in blog post)
  • Red String/Yarn


  • Scissors
  • Roller Glue or
  • Double-Sided Tape


  1. Print [as many as you need] paper lanterns template onto good quality (120gsm/30lbs) thick paper or thin card and cut out.
  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 roller glue or double-sided tape 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.
  7. Thread the handles of the lanterns onto a length of red string or yarn and hang across the ceiling. blank

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How To Make Chinese New Year Paper Lanterns

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