Chinese New Year – this year the official day is February 10 – as we go from the Year of the Dragon to the Year of the Water Snake. As a small nod to the new Chinese year we made these simple little lantern shapes to hang in garlands around the garden, or around a room.
You will need:
– red paper or thin cardboard
– twine – you can buy similiar from The Twinery
– Brads – we bought ours from Spotlight
– holepunch and scissors
Measure along the long edge of your paper or card in 2 cm strips. Cut out. The longer the strip the bigger the lantern. Tip: If you want a firmer lantern which better holds its shape when hung, use cardboard.
Stack eight strips on top of one another and punch a hole in the end. Repeat this for the other end of the strips.
Put the brad through the hole and arrange the strips into a circle.
Gather the strips and secure with another brad.
Wind your twine around the brad, spacing your lanterns evenly along the twine.
To make them even more festive you could further decorate these with tassles or glitter.