10 February 2013

Family fun - Chinese New Year craft

The Mr had already been to the tip, walked the dog and done the food shopping this morning before I had even climbed out of bed, my hero! We didn't really have any plans as such and with heavy rain and snow on the way we spent the morning creating lanterns to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

They are really easy to make and require very few materials; just paper, scissors and tape or staples. You can use pens or paint to decorate them too if you wish with some pretty designs or Chinese writing.



To make the lanterns you fold the paper (we used coloured A3) in half length ways and cut 12 equal spaced lines from the fold, leaving two inches at the opposite side.
Open out the paper and fold it round to create your lantern, using tape or staples to attach the two ends together.
To make the handle you cut a strip of paper around an inch thick and attach this to one end of the lantern with the tape or staples.



We repeated this process to make 7 lanterns and we then hung them up on ribbon in the window.


Happy Chinese New Year!

Did you do anything to celebrate?

22 comments :

  1. These look so lovely in the window :-)

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  2. Can't wait to make some of these with my daughter :)

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  3. I can remember making loads of these at school to decorate the sports hall for a party, and that wasn't yesterday lol :)

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  4. we used to make these when i was a child, so good to be able to share them wt my kids too :)

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  5. I used to make these as a child. I think it came from a Watch With Mother video :)

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  6. I remember making these. Quite the easiest craft project!

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  7. I remember making these when i was little. Thanks for reminding me of a fun activity

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  8. Great idea - thanks for the post!

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  9. Oh must get my little granddaughter on to making one of these for Christmas

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  10. Memories, memories! Wonder if I still have the knack for making these?

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  11. my little girl made one at school. she loved it x

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  12. Lovely.

    Rachel Craig

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  13. think might have to do this with the kids at home .my son made one at school and he is well pleased with it

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  14. amazing idea so cool and simple perfect Chinese new year

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  15. http://www.theminimesandme.com/2013/02/family-fun-chinese-new-year-craft.html?showComment=1392133816485#c4799472868979990821 I comment on this (Stacey hutchins)

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  16. My granddaughter wanted to do a project this weekend and saw an advertisement on the tv for Chinese lanterns. I totally forgot about making these as a kids then I remembered reading about these on your website. Thanks again for the ideas you share.

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  17. I think we may try this with Christmas colours.

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