Adele has been a youth services librarian for 25 years and a mother to a daughter from China for 20 years.
Easy Lanterns to Print
These printable Year of the Rooster lanterns are designed for kids: preschoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary school children.
This is the easiest way I've found to make something that is reminiscent of a Chinese paper lantern. You can print these templates onto any color of paper—even patterned paper—and color them, cut them out, and then accordion fold them, just as the actual paper lanterns are folded.
The hand-drawn roosters and shape roosters are my own designs; the other templates make use of artwork that I've purchased from istock.com. You may, of course, print them for personal or classroom use. Commercial use is prohibited.
Rooster Templates and Other Projects
For some of the crafts here, you will need to print out rooster templates, which you can find in the article linked below. You can find links to other crafts projects as well.
How to Use These Templates for Chinese New Year Craft Projects
I've loaded all the images as photos (jpegs). You can right-click to copy them, and then paste them into a program of your choice, like Publisher or Word. Once you have pasted them, you can use the editing features in the software to enlarge or reduce the image the way you'd like. Everything on this site is sized for common 8.5" X 11" paper.
Blank Lantern Template
This template above has been left blank in the middle so that the children can draw their own rooster. If you need some help with some simple models the kids can follow, you can enter the phrase "how to draw a rooster" into a search engine and find several step-by-step explanations and videos that will show them how to use some simple shapes to draw a rooster.
More Lantern Templates
Decorate a White Paper Lantern
Here is a way to cut out facial features and put them on a white paper lantern that you have purchased. I've included a black and white template that you can color, or one that is already colored.
I printed them on card stock and cut them out, then attached them with rounds of tape. You could also use rubber cement to attach the features. I don't think a glue stick would work very well, since the lantern is round and the surface is a little bit shiny.
I've included a circle with the character for rooster. You can string it from the center of the bottom of the rooster with a piece of yarn or string.
10-inch White Paper Lanterns
© 2016 Adele Jeunette