Fun Chinese craftwork for families!

Here is one of the bonding activities for families for you to do in Singapore. China has a long and rich history in traditional art crafts. These are just two of the many jewels in China’s five thousand-year culture. The crafts embody Chinese people’s longing for aesthetic beauty, and can also be made as gifts for others. Below are some simple DIY craft activities for everyone to do, including kids. Come experience Chinese culture through these fun craft activities!

Making of Chinese Paper Lantern


Do you know?

  • The earliest Chinese lanterns were created for lighting up entrances in houses. Eventually, they became highly ornamental and can even be a status symbol.

Materials needed:

  • Paper (of any color that you would like your lantern to be in, rectangular shape)
  • Scissors
  • Stapler or tape
  • Glue
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Optional: gift wrap paper, ribbons, stickers, glitter, etc. (to decorate your lantern with



1. Begin with an A4 rectangular sheet of paper (letter size). Red and yellow are preferred for a more Chinese-themed lantern.


2. Cut off a 1-inch wide strip on one short side of the paper to be the lantern handle. Set this aside.


3. Fold the paper in half, lengthwise.


4. Draw a horizontal line one inch from the long edge opposite the fold (This line will serve as a guide for cutting).


5. Draw a vertical line that is one inch from one short edge, starting from the folded edge to the horizontal line.


6. Continue drawing these vertical lines that are one inch apart until you reach the other short edge.


7. Cut all vertical lines that are drawn.


8. Unfold the paper. The paper will have vertical slits along the middle. Erase any pencil marks or re-fold the crease the opposite way to hide the pencil marks.


9. Optional: Decorate the lantern

Make a border by painting with water-based paint or coloring with crayons or oil pastels.




Create patterns with glitter glue or markers.



Glue on a strip of gift wrap paper, patterned paper, fabric, lace, or a wide ribbon to make a border.



10. Form the paper into a tube shape to transform it into a lantern. Overlap the edges at least a half-inch. Staple or tape the top and bottom. (Adults should help children with this)


11. Glue on the paper handle from Step 2. Once the glue dries, the paper lantern is complete!

Do you know?

  • Some historians believe that the concept of street lighting in Europe comes from European contact with Imperial China, where “street lighting” had long existed in the form of Chinese lanterns hanging on doors and gateways.


Like this hands-on experience?

In Village Singapura Team Building, you can try up to 6 different hands-on experience of Singapore’s traditions. One difference though. They are part of a story set in Old Singapore where you compete with other teams in team challenges. To know more, contact us now.

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