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.  2024 is the year of the dragon.


In the Chinese culture, the personality traits of people born in the year of the dragon are: charismatic, intelligent, confident, powerful and they are naturally lucky and gifted. In everything that they do, they tend to do it to the best of their ability with high standards.. Source: – Chinese Zodiac, Dragon

  • 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

Click on a pattern to open it in a new window to print in the right size


2 thoughts on “Chinese Lantern Mobile Craft”

  1. TheJeepDiva says:

    Beautiful idea! I love the way you’ve incorporated traditional Chinese culture into a modern mobile craft. The photos are amazing and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Definitely trying this with my kids!

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