This design is provided by Mr. Allen
Lan of the American West
Chinese School at Vancouver, Washington (USA). It is a
design. The middle of the lantern is a cylinder where you
add pictures or lucky sayings. Click here for the pattern, print it
out and follow the instructions below to make the lantern.
Chinese characters above line P, read from left to right, mean
New Year". The large characters on the lower portion of the
mean "Success Follows the Arrival of the Horse".
How to make a
double-layer Chinese lantern:
1. Cut out the shaded area A and B as shown in
Fig. 1. Then cut
the remaining piece into two along line W. When you are done with
the cutting, the lower portion should be a little bit wider than the
2. Take the upper portion, fold in and make a
crease along line P and
Q. (Fig. 2)
3. Open the upper portion and fold it in half
as shown in Fig. 3.
Then cut along the dotted lines up to line P.
4. Unfold the upper portion and lay it on top
of the lower
Glue the upper portion to the lower portion at the top and bottom 1"
Make sure that side A and side B are lined up together. Paste E
G and F to H. (Fig. 4) Do not glue the middle parts together.
5. Make the whole piece into a cylinder by
gluing the "left-over" part
of the lower portion (side C) to side A.
6. Glue piece A or piece B from (1) to the
lantern as the hanging loop.