To get the kids in the mood for Chinese New Year aka CNY, and to help make our basement playroom a bit more festive, I decided to make some easy paper lanterns with the 3 older E's recently.
Usually back in Malaysia, we would have made small lanterns out of red envelope paper and use them to decorate the small shrubs in our house but here in the US, I have a limited amount of red envelope paper so I wasn't willing to use those for this project. Instead, we just used red construction paper and I had the kids draw on them with darker shades of red hoping to add some more depth to them. This was also a great way for my 4 1/2 year old and 3 1/2 year olds to practice their paper cutting skills.
Things you will need:
1) Red construction paper
2) Sharpie or pen
4) Tape or glue stick
First fold the construction paper in half length wise.
Voila! Your lantern is ready!
Here is a picture of the lanterns decorating the front porch of our play house.
Hope you enjoyed this super simple craft for your little ones!