We love to learn about other countries and cultures. Since Monday, January 23rd, is Chinese New Year, I thought it would be the perfect time to learn a bit about China. Our first craft was making paper lanterns. To make this project a little more special, I combined two different techniques: straw printing and making paper lanterns.
Red construction paper
String or yarn
I first got the idea for printing with straws from Putti Praphancha. I thought it would be the perfect way to decorate our lanterns. I cut a couple of straws in half, then cut strips at one of the ends (like the picture above). You'll need to squish the cut end up a bit before giving it to the kids. This will make it easier for them to print with the straws.
We printed all over our paper, then let it dry before we could make the paper lanterns. I love how it looks a bit like fireworks!
To make the lanterns, you'll want to fold the paper in half lengthwise. Make sure the painted side is facing out.
Draw lines about an inch apart all the way down the paper. You'll start cutting on the folded side, then stop about an inch away from the outer edge. Do not cut all the way through!
After the lines are cut, unfold the paper. Roll the paper into a circle from short end to short end. Staple at the top and bottom where both sides meet. Attach a string on top for carrying. (Note: You may want to use tape for your string. We stapled our string and it kept falling out!)
We now have beautiful paper lanterns ready for Chinese New Year! And apparently I also have a budding photographer/blogger on my hands!
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