I stopped in to pick up some Chinese takeout yesterday, only to find the restaurant packed with people – a crowd at the door, either waiting for a table or, like me, waiting for their takeout order. I had forgotten that it was Chinese New Year.
I decided to celebrate in my own way (besides the food) by making a decorative paper lantern in honor of the occasion.
First, I picked out some decorative paper from my extensive collection.
and cut it down to about 41/2 – 5 inches high and 12 inches long. This was an impromptu craft so I was just estimating the size.
The lantern would be a diamond shape so the paper was folded out in the center “mountain” with 2 “valley folds” at either end.
I needed something for the light to shine through, so I die cut 2 filigree strips and backed them with vellum.
The tricky part was to cut a strip in the center of the outer and inner parts of the lantern and glue the vellum strips . But, after a lot of finagling, I finally got it all together. The vellum strips were safely sandwiched between the outer and inner sections.
I glued the two short ends together to create the squared shape so it would stand on its own. I may still add some embellishments to it, as it still seems a little plain, but I like the finished product. I added a flickering light in the middle (sorry, real candles make me a little nervous that close to paper) and sat back to view the effect.
Happy Chinese New Year!