New Year’s Lantern

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“New Year’s Lantern,” Friend, Jan. 2010, 13

New Year’s Lantern

In China, the new year is celebrated at the end of January or beginning of February. Make your own Chinese lantern to celebrate the new year! You’ll need: colored construction paper; scissors; glue, tape, or a stapler.

  1. Fold a piece of paper in half the long way.

  2. Starting from the folded edge, make cuts 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart. Do not cut through to the other edge.

  3. Unfold the paper. Overlap the short ends a little, and glue or staple them together.

  4. Cut a strip of paper 6 inches (15 cm) long and 1 inch wide. Glue, tape, or staple it across one end of the lantern to make a handle. You might want to make several lanterns to hang up along a string!