How to Make Watercolor Chinese Lanterns

This blog post was written by our special guest blogger Adrienne (theiowafarmerswife).

Chinese New Year is right around the corner (officially begins on Sunday, February 10th) and what better way to celebrate than by making some beautiful homemade 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:

Any craft that involves paint is a hit in my daughter’s eyes! Now, this craft does involve scissors, but if your child isn’t old enough for scissors, simply have them paint the paper and you can complete the rest.

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 lanterns around the house with yarn or hang them on a tree for beautiful Chinese New Year decorations.

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Bio for Adrienne, Iowa Farmer's WifeAdrienne, aka The Iowa Farmer’s Wife, is a mommy blogger and mother of two who enjoys sharing simple ideas about educational activities for kids, frugal living and healthy eating. She lives in the Midwest, where she and her husband own a small farm. In addition to being a stay-at-home-mom, Adrienne teaches a speech course at a local university and serves as a co-coordinator of her local MOPS group. The Iowa Farmer’s Wife can be found on FacebookPinterestTwitter and Google+


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