How to use paper cups to make a Chinese red lantern

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When you want to make a easy Chinese lantern, you’ll find the traditional materials of lanterns were not  very easy be prepared. Today I’ll show you how to use paper cups which were in everybody’s home to make a Chinese red lantern.

Materials: Paper cup, red paint, plastic rod, red cotton thread
Tools: Brushes, scissors

Step 1: According to pictures, cut paper cups

Step 1: According to pictures, cut paper cups

Step 1: According to pictures, cut paper cups

Step 2: The paper cup was cut finished

Step 2: The paper cup was cutted finished

Step 2: The paper cup was cut finished

Step 3: Trim the upper edge of the paper cup

Step 3: Trim the upper edge of the paper cup

Step 3: Trim the upper edge of the paper cup

Step 4:  Use another paper cup to make the lantern lid

Step 4:  Use another paper cup to make the lantern lid

Step 4: Use another paper cup to make the lantern lid

Step 5: Use red cotton thread through the center of the lantern’s lid and bottom

Step 5: Use red cotton thread through the center of the lantern's lid and bottom

Step 5: Use red cotton thread through the center of the lantern's lid and bottom

Step 6: Stick lid and bottom with a red narrow strip of paper;

Step 6: Stick lid and bottom with a red narrow strip of paper;

Step 6: Stick lid and bottom with a red narrow strip of paper;

Step 7: Use red pigment to change the color of paper to red

Step 7: Use red pigment to change the color of paper to red

Step 7: Use red pigment to change the color of paper to red

Step 8: Use the cut paper to make the tassel

Step 8: Use the cutted paper to make the tassel

Step 8: Use the cut paper to make the tassel

Step 9: Assembled the parts of lantern

Step 9: Assembled the parts of lantern

Step 9: Assembled the parts of lantern

Now, your Chinese red lantern is finished, do you think it’s very easy?





  1. Linda says:

    Hi I came across your site when researching craft ideas for our playgroup for 3 year olds. Thank you so much for th great ideas.
    Linda

  2. Oliver says:

    Oh this is the lantern I’ve been looking for, easy to do and simple in presentation.

  3. pam says:

    I’ve been looking for JUST this lantern to do with my class for Chinese New Year! Thanks so much for the wonderful instructions!

    ~Pam

  4. Jane Cheung says:

    It’s easy to prepare and make. Thank you very much for sharing.

  5. margaret says:

    looks like just the thing I am looking for to engage my students with Chinese lantern making. I will have a go and then if its easy I will get my children to make them. We are looking at lantern making this term and different ideas for a variety of lantern
    styles.

  6. APPLES says:

    Hi thanks this website has helped me and my friends Katie and becky alot thank you soo much

  7. FACEBOOK says:

    Where can i put the candle or make it lit up ??

  8. Florence says:

    I love this wonderful idea. Thanks. One helpful hint though, cutted is not a word, it just cut. ;)

  9. Rheea says:

    Thank you. This was helpful

  10. Kayla says:

    Finally this is perfect I was looking for a lantern that was a bit different!

  11. Audrey Yap says:

    I like this recycled idea. Let’s Go Green and save the earth!

  12. John (not my real name) says:

    Thank you for this valuable information as my school required me to make a lantern. :)

  13. John (Not my real name) says:

    Thank you for the valuable information. :)

  14. Kong says:

    How did you get the two ends to stick? And how did you tie the ribbon?

  15. sri says:

    what material we have to use for more efficient fly

  16. Mike(NR) says:

    not very clear

  17. Dolok says:

    I need fancy lantern for the festival in my restaurant currently Im in UAE any suggestion to whom i can contact

  18. katie says:

    how did you make the two sides stick?
    i love your lanterns

  19. Fahian says:

    Hey. I just want to know that how will I be able to put a light i the center? My question may be wrong, but is it used without the light in the center? NO OFFENSE please.

  20. sasha sri says:

    it was so helpful for my presentation bout chinese culture.. u helped a lot!!! thank you ! <3

  21. Dixie says:

    Interesting and something different but last part not very clear. How to do the tassle and what material? After that, how to join it to the base? Do I have to cut a small hole to get it through or stick? NO OFFENSE please.

  22. simona (not my real name) says:

    Thank you for sharing your idea.It has been really wonderful to know that their are other ways of making lanterns apart from making usual lanterns out of manila cards folded into half rectangle and than cut into strips to the edge.Do share some more crafts ideas related to various themes like animals (zoo,farm,pet),vegetables,weather,festivals(ramadan eid,deepavali,chinese new year)and many other themes.Thank You.

  23. Alanna says:

    Thx so much! Perfect for my presentation on Chinese biscuits

  24. shwetha.s.rao says:

    this is very nice lantern….thank you

  25. sophie says:

    This thing stinks! I tried to make one and it was way smaller and worser than the picture!

  26. prajwal says:

    thanks bro i needed this exact thing for my class decorations

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