Friday, 1 December 2017

Simple lanterns for Chinese New Year

This month the theme for my Bostik craft box is Chinese New Year - which in 2018 will be celebrated on the 16th January, and the year beginning in 2018 will be the year of the Dog. I decided to make some simple Chinese lanterns which we decorated together.

How to make simple Chinese Lanterns

To make your lanterns you need:

Some coloured or glittery card - I used an A5 sheet for my lanterns but you can use a larger piece to make a bigger lantern
Pipecleaners for the handle
Washi tape
Bostik White Glu
Bostik Foam Pads

Crafting with Bostik products


Take the piece of card and fold in half. Use scissors to make a series of cuts about 1cm apart, starting at the folded edge and finishing about 1-2cm before the open edge. Unfold the cardboard, bend into a circle and staple in place at the top and the bottom.

How to make cardboard Chinese lanterns

Tape the ends of a pipecleaner on the inside of the lantern to form a handle. You may want to secure it firmly in place with a couple of extra staples. Then wrap some washi tape around the top and bottom of the lantern to cover the staples.

Crafting Chinese lanterns with Bostik products

Decorate the lantern using coloured sequins. I used a mixture of White Glu and Foam Pads. The White Glu holds the decorations firmly in place and the Foam Pads make the embellishments stand out from the lantern for a bit of extra interest.

Using Bostik white glu for crafting

When the glue is dry you can display your lanterns! They look great hanging and it would be lovely to make a range of lanterns in different sizes for decorations - perhaps stringing them up as bunting!

Lantern craft for Chinese New Year

If you enjoyed this craft, you might like my other Chinese New Year crafts:

Chinese New Year - Cardboard tube dragon puppet
Chinese New Year - Paper plate dragon mask
Chinese New Year - Paper cup lanterns

The box of craft materials was provided to me free of charge by Bostik as part of the Tots100/Bostik Craft Bloggers Club.

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