Craft of the Month: Chinese New Year Red Lantern

. January 4, 2017.

Your New Year celebration may be over, but halfway across the world, the party is just getting started! The Chinese New Year, a 15-day festival that begins on the first full moon after January 21, is comprised of traditional games, gifts, parades and feasts. This year it starts January 28. Although you probably won’t be going to China to celebrate this affair, you can enjoy the festivities at home with these crafts and activities.

Red Lantern

At the conclusion of the Chinese New Year, a Lantern Festival is held and along with it, a parade that features a mammoth, float-like dragon made of silk and bamboo. As the dragon dances down the street, throngs of people join in, lighting the way with their lanterns. Since red is considered a lucky color among the Chinese, our paper lantern will be red.


Construction paper: two red, one yellow


  1. Measure and cut off one-inch from the short end of the yellow paper and discard.
  2. Roll the remaining yellow paper into a cylinder shape and secure with staples. This will be the lantern light.
  3. Fold the red paper in half lengthwise. Starting at one end, draw a series of lines across the paper that measure 1-inch apart.
  4. Lines should start at the fold and end approximately 1-inch from the opposite end. Cut through these lines.
  5. Open the red paper, wrap it around the yellow cylinder, making sure the top and bottom edges line up; staple it in place.
    Measure and cut a one-inch strip from a different piece of red paper.
  6. Write “Gung Hay Fat Choy” (which means “Happy New Year”) on the strip then staple it across the upper end of the lantern to become the handle.