15 February 2010
We've also made a Chinese dragon puppet and a tiger mask (it is Year of the Tiger after all. And it's freezing cold outside, so I wanted a nice indoor activity - after two hours at the park this afternoon, my fingers had turned white).
The lanterns were dead easy: take 1 sheet of A4 (or whatever size) paper, and fold in half lengthways. Starting at the fold, cut lots of vertical lines that stop a couple of centimetres from the end of the paper. Unfold your paper, bend the short edges round to each other, and staple. Use a strip of paper to make a handle across the top.
(there's lots of diagrams here: www.show.me.uk)