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Printable Lantern Rooster Templates: Kid Crafts for Chinese New Year

Printable Lanterns for the Year of the Rooster
Printable Lanterns for the Year of the Rooster

Easy Lanterns to Print

These printable Year of the Rooster lanterns are designed for kids: preschoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary school children.

This 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, color them, cut them out, and then accordion fold them, as the actual paper lanterns are folded.

The hand-drawn roosters and shape roosters are my own designs; others 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 on the site 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.

Simple Shapes Version

Blank Lantern Template

This template 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.

Blank Lantern Template: Draw Your Own Design

Cartoon Version

Embroidered Version

Hand-Drawn Version

Realistic Version

Papercut Version

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 & 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.

Following is a link to the lanterns I used. There a 10 to a package, and they are the right size for the features.

Here is a photo of a purchased paper lantern with rooster facial features. See the templates below that you can print, cut out, and attach to the lantern.
Here is a photo of a purchased paper lantern with rooster facial features. See the templates below that you can print, cut out, and attach to the lantern.

Black and White Facial Features Template

Print these out on card stock and color the way you wish.
Print these out on card stock and color the way you wish.

Color Facial Features Template

Print these out, cut them, and attach to a white paper lantern to make your own little lantern.
Print these out, cut them, and attach to a white paper lantern to make your own little lantern.

© 2016 Adele Jeunette

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