This blog post was written by our special guest blogger Adrienne (TheIowaFarmersWife).
What better way is there to celebrate Chinese New Year than by making some beautiful homemade watercolor Chinese Lanterns? Lanterns are a popular symbol throughout the Chinese New Year celebration; the end of which is marked by the famous Lantern Festival. Plus, with varying traditions marking this exciting holiday, there are many opportunities to teach your child about new cultures, traditions, and cuisine!
I recently introduced my daughter to the Chinese New Year and we’ve done several activities to prepare for the event on February 10th. These watercolor Chinese lanterns have been our favorite so far. Here’s how they are made:
First, paint the paper (using watercolors) in the color of your choice, then allow the painting to dry completely. Hold the paper horizontally and cut a strip off of the end – this will be the lanterns handle. Fold the piece of paper in half lengthwise and make cuts on the fold (stop about an inch and a half from the edge) about 3/4 of inch apart.
Next, unfold the paper and bring the long edges together to form a tube. Tape the edges together to form the lantern. Tape the strip you cut off earlier to the top of the lantern to form the handle.
Hang your beautiful watercolor Chinese lanterns around the house with yarn or hang them on a tree for beautiful Chinese New Year decorations.