Make a Chinese Paper Lantern craft - Template included!

Grab our Chinese paper lantern templates and make a Chinese paper lantern craft. This paper lantern DIY is easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make with a little adult help, but also fun for older children to make for Chinese New Year.

Make a Chinese paper lantern craft

There are so many fun Chinese New Year crafts for kids to make and this Chinese paper lantern craft is definitely a fun craft to add to the list. Using our paper lantern template it couldn't be easier to make your own Chinese lantern. 

If you are looking for more Chinese New Year crafts here are a few to check out: 

Paper Lantern

paper lantern

Chinese Paper Lantern - Supplies 

  • Chinese paper lantern template
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Makers

Chinese Paper Lantern Craft - Directions 

STEP 1: Get a paper lantern template

Before you can begin your Chinese paper lantern craft you will need to scroll down to grab a copy of the paper lantern template. 

There are 6 different lantern templates to choose from. There is a design that says Chinese New Year with stars and lines to color as well as 5 other designs each with a different border to color. We have also included a blank design so you can design your own paper lantern. 

Chinese paper lantern templates

Chinese lantern templates

STEP 2: Color Chinese paper lantern 

Once you have chosen the Chinese paper lantern template that you would like to use you are ready to add some color to your lantern. Use markers to color in the patterns or borders or to draw your own design.

Alternatively, you may choose to leave your Chinese lantern white or print your Chinese lantern template onto colored paper. 

STEP 3: Make Chinese paper lantern

Now it is time to make your Chinese paper lantern craft. Cut around the dotted lines on the template and then fold the lantern in half and cut along the dotted lines in the middle.  Then unfold and glue the grey strip to the other side of the lantern. Complete your lantern by gluing the handle to the top of your lantern. 

Chinese paper lantern


Make Chinese lantern craft

To get these Chinese New Year paper lantern printables for free click on the link below and use the discount code - lantern. For personal or classroom use only. Not for redistribution. All images are copyrighted. Thank you.

printable chinese lantern template

We hope you have a great time using our Chinese paper lantern template to make a Chinese paper lantern craft. Why not make several to decorate your home! 

Chinese paper lantern craft

Don't stop your Chinese New Year craft-making there! After making your Chinese lantern check out our list full of Chinese New Year crafts for kids to get a few more ideas. 

Chinese New Year craft

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