In celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year, my youngest charge and I made some pretty lanterns to place around her room.

One afternoon a week, we get some quality playtime together as her brother has an afternoon club, so isn’t home until almost 5pm, therefore this was the perfect time for us to make our lanterns. We decided that the best place to make do this craft was on the playroom floor, where we could get really comfortable (which is why in some of the photos she is lying down).

Our colour scheme was red and gold, these are the colours used in Chinese culture, as red symbolises good fortune and joy. Yellow/gold is apparently the most beautiful colour (it was the colour used by Emperors) and symbolises neutrality and good luck.

To make your own Chinese lanterns you will need:

  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Glue/tape/stapler
  • Ruler
  • Pencil


1. Turn your paper so it is landscape, cut a vertical strip of (this will make the handle) and then draw lines running top to bottom.
2. Fold your piece of paper in half and gently press the crease, then open it back up again – you don’t want to completely flatten it.
3. Cut down each of the lines.

Trying hard not to cut her fingers or clothes

Trying hard not to cut her fingers or clothes

4. Decorate your lantern


Really concentrating on where she wanted to paint

Really concentrating on where she wanted to paint

5. Once it is all dry, stick the two short ends together, it should make a cylinder.

6. Add the handle to the top and then gently press down on the lantern so that it flattens out slightly.


My little one loved making this, she basically likes anything that involves using stickers, and it was so funny to listen to her commentating on what she was doing.


Gung Hay Fat Choy!


This craft may help development of:

  • Cultural and world knowledge
  • Fine motor skills
  • Creativity