Chinese lanterns are displayed in the homes during the Lunar Chinese New Year. Lanterns represent the presence of light during the first full moon of the new year. If you would like to create your own lanterns to decorate the home, I found a really simple and lovely idea from TheCreativePlace.blogspot.com. All you need are Red Packets, glue, brad, ruler and a scissor. Cut the red packets into small strips, each strip about 1/2 inch wide. Gather about 10 strips, and punch holes at both ends. Then push a brad through each end. Twist out each strip individually to begin unfolding the lantern.
Voila…pretty paper lanterns.
The Creative Place used holiday paper to make them. You can also use Chinese New Year greeting cards instead of the Red Packets to make these lanterns.
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