Chinese New Year is coming up on February 8th and we have been itching to design and make a traditional Chinese paper lantern for the occasion. Our DIY paper lantern is a mini version of the real thing and is very simple to make with our pattern and tutorial. Chinese paper lanterns have a long long history and have become a well-known symbol of Chinese culture worldwide. Traditionally used on streets and in gateways for practical reasons, it has, over the years, become a beautifully embellished accessory or decorative object rather than a mere functional one! Our pretty paper version is made using text weight paper in red, a pretty jade bead and gold embroidery floss. The tassel on the bottom is super simple to make and can be created by following this tutorial here.
To make this Chinese New Year paper lantern, begin by downloading our pattern and tutorial below. Gather your materials and follow the step-by-step instructions to assemble your paper lantern. Make one or two to hang from a doorway or make a few to string together to make a garland – so pretty! If you are looking for more Holiday crafts, sign up for our annual membership and gain access to our library of over 650 DIY projects as well as over 40 new downloads each month – hooray for that! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see what we are sharing next. See you there!