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At Home Paper Lantern Kit

Paper Lantern Instruction

1.    Print the Year of the dragon paper lantern design. You will need to use double-sided printing for this.


2.    Start by writing your name on the design, then cut the strip on the short edge of the right-hand side of the paper (follow the cut marks). This will become the handle of the lantern. Set that aside.


3.    Please cut out the lantern pattern according to the outer line above the pattern, and cut off the two big horns and set that aside.



4.    Fold the remaining paper (avoid folding the dragon head here) in half lengthwise with the dragon picture on the inside, you should see the dotted lines on both sides. Cut along the dotted lines from the folded edge to the open edge. Be careful not to cut all the way to the edge. The strips should stay connected.


5.    Open (unfold) the paper and fold it back in half so the dragon picture is on the outside again.


6.    Wrap the paper into a circular tube shape with the cuts going up and down. Attach the long ends of the sheet together with tape or staples. It should look like a tall, narrow cylinder now.

将图案纸卷成圆形管状(龙图案在外面),剪开的纸条带应该是上下方向。 用胶水、胶带或订书钉将纸的长端固定在一起(您也可以使用固体胶)。它现在应该看起来像一个又高又窄的圆柱体。

7.    Roll up a sheet of colored paper horizontally to create another cylinder and put it in the middle of the lantern (the paper size is less 8.5x11). Adjust the shape of the lantern at will, and then tape or staple the lantern to the colored paper. You can make it tall and skinny or short and round (free choice).


8.    Tape or staple the dragon horns that you cut out in step 3 to the dragon head (follow the paste marks).

将您在步骤 3 中剪下的龙角用固体胶或订书机固定在龙的头部。

9.    Tape or staple the handle that you cut out in step 1 to the top of the lantern.

将您在步骤 1 中剪下的纸条提手用胶带或订书机固定在灯笼的顶部

10. All done. Great job! Post a picture of your lantern on Instagram and tag @ShoreLakeArts and @ShorelineWaGov.

灯笼完成了,太棒了!请在 Instagram 上发布您的灯笼照片并标记@ShoreLakeArts 和@ShorelineWaGov.

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And check out the many ways to write the name of the Lantern Festival using different types of Chinese language characters!

Pick up your free printable lantern craft kit from the following community partners:

  • ShoreLake Arts Gallery at the Lake Forest Park Town Center

  • Spartan / Shoreline Recreation Center

  • International Community Health Services (ICHS) -Shoreline

  • Shoreline Historical Museum

  • ShoreLake Arts Office

  • City of Shoreline City Hall Building

  • Highland Recreation Center 

  • Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center

  • Shoreline Libraries


About the Artist:

Mrs. Hua Zhang, a natural storyteller and a native Chinese Mandarin speaker, is an award-winning public speaker, journalist, and editor. When she came to the United States in 1996, she reinvented herself as a designer and dancer who performed traditional Chinese folk dance in various international culture events. Her dance pictures were featured in local print media numerous times. Since 2006, she has taught Mandarin Chinese in the Greater Seattle area and shared Mandarin stories at the Shoreline branch of the King County Library System. Hua has been involved with Shoreline Chinese cultural services for many years and she is a member of the committee for the Chinese culture room at the Shoreline Arts Festival. She has provided Chinese culture and art summer programs for the City of Shoreline’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services department. Hua currently host online Mandarin story time for KCLS and teach Mandarin Chinese at Lakeside Middle School. From 2007 to 2022, Hua was recognized many times for her work in the Enterprise Newspaper, the Shoreline Area News, the Seattle Times, and the World Journal.

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