Continuing with our theme this week of the Chinese New Year on the Creative EdVentures Network here is another tutorial I hope you enjoy.
The traditional Chinese lantern is usually a bright red, but why not crack open those beautiful scrapbook stacks and choose something a little extravagant??
The important thing to remember about the lantern is that your piece of paper can NOT be square. If it is, cut a strip, roughly 1 or so inches wide from the sheet and set it aside. We need to fold the paper into a rectangle. If the the paper is square, well, you'll never get that rectangle!!
|Pretty, pretty lanterns all in a row!!! I placed them on fishing wire and strung them up behind my workarea!|
|A lovely piece of Martha Stewart double sided paper needs to be cut down because it is square. The strip of paper that is left will be used as a handle for the lantern.|
|Once you have a rectangle, fold the piece long-wise, so you have a long rectangle.|
|Why not grab your favourite Fiskars scissor or other fancy scissor instead of a regular pair?|
|You will need to cut about 10 to 12 slits into the paper starting from the FOLDED side, but not cutting all the way through.|
|All the cutting is complete! Now you will open up the page and bring both sides of the page together.|
|Staple or glue the ends.|
|Grab the extra strip of paper attach it to the inside of the top of the lantern to form a handle. Hang up your pretty lantern and ENJOY!!|
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please let me know if you did! If you decide to make your own lantern, please send me a picture!!