Chinese Lantern Mobile Craft

Easy Chinese Lantern Mobile Craft for kids

Have the kids make a Chinese Lantern Mobile to set the scene for their own Chinese New Year celebrations.  2023 is the year of the rabbit.


In the Chinese culture, the rabbit is known to be the luckiest out of all the twelve animals. It symbolizes mercy, elegance, and beauty. People who are born in the year of the rabbit are calm and peaceful. They avoid fighting and arguing at all times, but are artistic and have good taste in life. For fun, have the kids check and see what sign they were born under and how they fit into that description. Source: – Chinese Zodiac, Rabbit

  • Red Construction Paper
  • Two Yards of Gold Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  1. Fold a piece of red construction paper in half.
  2. Cut into the fold to make strips. Do not cut all the way through. Use photo as a reference. Open up. Roll in the opposite direction and glue.
  3. Cut a strip of paper for a hanger. Glue in place.
  4. Print two pages of the Chinese symbols provided. Cut out. You will need a total of eight circles.
  5. Cut four pieces of ribbon in varying lengths from 8″ to 12″.
  6. Glue two symbols together back to back with the end of a piece of ribbon sandwiched between. Repeat three times so you have four danglers for your mobile. Glue the danglers up inside the bottom of lantern.
  7. Decorate the lantern with additional pieces of gold ribbon.

May you have a prosperous and healthy new year.

Patterns, Templates and Printables

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