Chinese New Year Lantern Craft (Free Printable)

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Make this cool Chinese New Year Lantern Craft. Just Download the Free Chinese Lantern Printable for this fun toddler craft. Find step-by-step instructions and Easy Paper Crafts on!

Chinese New Year Lantern Craft by Crafting Jeannie
Make this easy Chinese New Year Lantern Craft

Check out this cute and easy Chinese New Year Lantern Craft! Just use scrap paper or let your group of kids rip up their own. It’s such a great Chinese New Year activity for preschool, elementary classrooms, or crafts at home.

Get the Free Chinese New Year Lantern Printable below and you will be able to make enough supplies for a group of 20 kids (or more!) with only about 10 minutes of cutting.

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Here’s What You Need

Here’s your scrap paper lantern craft supply list (This post contains affiliate links to the products mentioned. Read my disclosure policy for more information):

Watch the Chinese Lantern Craft video for step-by-step instructions.

Make this Chinese New Year craft while reading these Fun Books:

Step 1: Download and Print the Free Lantern Template

Download the Free Chinese New Year Lantern Printable and print out as many lanterns as you need. You can choose between a plain lantern and one that includes the words “Happy New Year”

Chinese Lantern Craft printable by crafing jeannie
Print the Chinese Lantern Craft Printable And your children will have fun filling in the lantern with scrap paper.

Step 2: Cutting Up Scrap Paper

You may already have a stash of scrap construction paper. For this Chinese New Year Lantern craft you’ll need red and yellow (if you’re using the traditional Chinese Lantern colors). Otherwise, make the lanterns any color you choose.

Just grab you paper cut it into small shapes or let the kids rip it as they make the craft.

hand cutting scraps of green paper for tree craft
stack multiple pieces of paper to cut out a lot at once.

If you plan to cut paper for this craft, just cut strips of paper about one inch wide. Stack and line up your strips of paper to cut multiple sheets at a time.

Tip: This craft uses more paper scraps than you think!

Step 4: How to Assemble

Remember, especially with this craft, kids each work at their own pace so you will have some that finish quickly and some that are much slower.

Tip: Make sure to bring extra construction paper because this craft uses more than you think!

  1. red scrap paper goes on the main part of the lantern. Yellow scrap paper goes on the top and bottom areas.
  2. grab a piece of scrap paper
  3. either paint some white school glue on the back or rub it onto the top of your glue stick
  4. push the paper piece onto to the tree where you want it
  5. continue until the tree is full – try to stay in the lines
  6. Optional: Add gold glitter to your lantern to make it shine
  7. Optional : Add stickers, shapes, or draw to decorate your lantern
  8. Don’t forget to put your name on the back.

And you’re finished

This is a great Chinese New Year craft. And it’s easy enough for preschool, elementary classrooms, Scouts or just a fun craft at home idea.

More New Year Crafts

If you liked this craft, check out some of my other New Year Crafts for kids:

As always, I try to make my crafts fast, easy & inexpensive. Enjoy! 

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