I love how national events are slowly becoming international events. When I was growing up I had never heard of Chinese New Year, for my children it is quite different, even in primary school there were crafts and Chinese food to mark the occasion. While we don’t celebrate Chinese New Year I like my children to be aware of different cultures and events and when they take place. A craft is a good way to do this. I decided it would be a fun to make a chinese lantern with the children at Coombe Mill. We had a little look at the pages about China in my lonely planet Kids cities of the world book, discussed Chinese symbols from my printable below and then set about making some Chinese Lanterns.
What you’ll need to make a Chinese Lantern
Yellow or Gold Paint
Black or Gold Marker Pen
Yellow or Gold Floristry Ribbon
Method for making a Chinese Lantern
Paint your toilet roll red and put it aside to dry
Squash the toilet roll and cut a long thin strip from each side leaving a good cm untouched at the top and bottom
Open your toilet roll and flatten again in a new place about 2 cm round from the first squish and cut another two strips along both sides. Repeat once or twice more until you have strips spaced around your toilet roll.
Now bend the toilet roll gently in half across the middle of the strips, open and push the toilet roll end to end to so the lantern shape pops out from the fold line.
Cut two thin strips from the end towards the centre (without cutting all the way through) and lift to form handles.
Cut a length of red, orange and yellow floristry ribbon and split them in half
Cut the ends of a half of each colour into a point matching a Candle flame
Split the remaining three halves in half again, curl with scissors and organise with the flame style floristry ribbon
Staple onto the lantern for a flame effect inside
Use Yellow / gold paint to accessorise your lantern
Add Chinese symbols with a black or gold marker pen. (There are some simple symbols with happy greetings on the printable below)
Printable Chinese Symbols.
A few alternatives you could try
Try yellow lanterns with red trim.
Add your lanterns onto a length of string or floristry ribbon to form lantern bunting
Hang your lanterns over fairy lights to create light up bunting.
Place on a saucer over a tea light for a table decoration (don’t add the pretend floristry ribbon flame for this option).
Add a little glue and glitter if required (or you could add this to the red paint when it is still wet.
A Vlog tutorial on making a Chinese Lantern
Making a Chinese Lantern in Activity Hour on the Farm
Do you celebrate Chinese New Year or feel it is important for children to be aware of such events?
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