This one will keep your class quiet for at least an hour.
The making of lanterns is a tradition which goes back 500 years in Chinese culture. They’re displayed during the Chinese Lantern Festival – a celebration which traditionally closes the Chinese New Year festivities.
This year the Chinese Lantern Festival will take place on February 11 – make sure your class is ready to celebrate with our how-to guide.
What you will need: - Red paper (lots of!) - Scissors - Pencil - Glue, tape or a stapler - Any extra elements to decorate your lantern i.e. gold material, string or glitter.
Step 1: Measure 1 inch off the short (horizontal) end of the unfolded sheet of paper and cut it off. This will serve as the lantern handle.
Step 2: Fold the remaining paper in half.
Step 3: Measure another 1 inch line at the cut end of the paper, opposite the folded end. This line signifies where you stop cutting in step 4.
Step 4: Measure and draw lines approximately 1 inch apart, starting at the folded edge and ending at the “stop cutting” line. Cut the lines, ending at the “stop cutting” line.
Step 5: Unfold the paper and re-crease it in the opposite direction. The pencil marks will now be on the inside.
Step 6: Lay the unmarked side facing up and decorate as you please.
Step 7: Shape the lantern by securing the long ends with tape or staples.
Step 8: Secure the handle on top with tape or staples.
Step 9: Decorate as you wish!
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