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Printable Templates for Year of the Tiger Lanterns: Globe and Cylinder Style

Adele has been a youth services librarian for 25 years and a mother to a daughter from China for 20 years.

This article has several printable templates that allow you to make these tiger lanterns, and many others.

This article has several printable templates that allow you to make these tiger lanterns, and many others.

Lantern Festival in China

The Chinese New Year in 2022 is designated as the Year of the Tiger .On Tuesday, February 1, the celebration will begin. It will culminate 2 weeks later with the celebration of the Lantern Festival, which occurs on the first full moon that falls in the year according to the Chinese calendar.

On that day, people in the cities, towns and villages come together to admire a variety of lighted, colored lanterns, appreciate the full moon, set off fireworks and watch lion and

Quick and Easy Lantern Crafts for Year of the Tiger

This article contains several printable templates you can use to make your own lanterns. These patterns are decorated to look like tigers because the year 2022 is named for the tiger, an animal that is associated with strength and bravery in the Chinese zodiac.

If You Would Like Patterns for More Crafts

I have articles with templates for even more kinds of lanterns, easy coloring pages, greeting cards, bookmarks, lucky red envelopes, and all kinds of other easy and inexpensive crafts. To find them, enter an internet search for “Adele Jeunette” and “Year of the Tiger” and you will find them.

Cut Paper Tiger Lantern

This template has two pages you can print. One has the orange base of the lantern, the other includes the handle, facial features and charm. You can find the documents link for this template below.

This template has two pages you can print. One has the orange base of the lantern, the other includes the handle, facial features and charm. You can find the documents link for this template below.

Cut Paper Year of the Tiger Lantern

Cut Paper Year of the Tiger Lantern

This is the first template in the document link below, and it has two pages you can print. The second one, colored orange, is a pattern for making the lantern itself. If you haven’t made a cut paper Chinese lantern before, you can find a good tutorial in this article: How to Make Unique Chinese Lanterns.

Once you are finished making the lantern, cut out the handle which is printed on the previous page and attach it to the top of the lantern. Once you have made the lantern itself, you can cut out the facial features on the page and attach them to the lantern.

This pattern also has a circular charm to attach so that it hangs from the bottom of the lantern. The charm has the Chinese character for “tiger” written on it. Cut out the two circles and place them back to back. Take a length of string or yarn about 4 inches long and glue it between the two circles, using enough glue to attach the circles to each other as well. Then, attach the other end of the string to the bottom of the lantern.

Here is another version of the cut paper lantern, which chas the Chinese character for tiger and small tiger faces around the top and bottom border of the lantern.

Here is another version of the cut paper lantern, which chas the Chinese character for tiger and small tiger faces around the top and bottom border of the lantern.

Tiger Faces Lantern

This is an even simpler version of the lantern above. The top and bottom borders feature small tiger faces and the Chinese character for the word "tiger."

Here, you also print out the template and cut the paper as shown. For this one, you don't need to attach any facial features to the lantern.


Paper Globe Year of the Tiger Lantern

For this lantern, start with a purchased orange paper lantern. Then, print out the template which has the facial features you can affix to the lantern.

For this lantern, start with a purchased orange paper lantern. Then, print out the template which has the facial features you can affix to the lantern.

To Make the Paper Globe Year of the Tiger Lantern

For this lantern, you need to start with a paper lantern you can purchase. The one shown here is an 11-inch round orange lantern. The one in the photo comes in a lantern package along with a yellow, and red lantern, which you can also hang to add a festive air. You can also use these 10-inch orange lanterns, which come in a pack of 5.

To assemble this lantern, take the rectangular metal piece that comes with it and insert it through the top of the lantern. The metal piece has two protuberances that will fit into two holes in the plastic ring at the bottom of the lantern. Once you have those in place, stretch the lantern upwards until you can fit the top of the metal piece under the plastic rim at the top of the lantern. I usually find I have to bend the metal piece into a loose “C” shape to fit it under the rim.

Once the lantern is assembled, you can cut out the facial pieces and attach them to the lantern as shown. I used tape, but you may be able to use glue as well. I find that the glue sticks don’t work that well because the surface is rather slick. Liquid Elmer’s would work better.

Templates for Cut Paper And Globe Lanterns

Here is the link for Templates for Cut Paper and Globe Lanterns.

Note that the first two pages have the pattern for the cut paper lantern and the last page has the facial features for the globe lantern.

Photos of the Templates

Below you will see photos that show what each template looks like. Click on a thumbnail to see a bigger image of that photo.

Cylindrical Year of the Tiger Lantern

This lantern is a snap to make. Simply print out one of the templates below, glue into a cylinder, and place a light inside.

This lantern is a snap to make. Simply print out one of the templates below, glue into a cylinder, and place a light inside.

Cylindrical Year of the Tiger Lanterns

These lanterns are super-simple to make, but they look pretty impressive. Simply print out one of the pages, then form it into a cylinder and glue along the line indicated. You can use plain paper, but I really like the look of the ones made with parchment paper.

The Chinese character you see is the word for tiger.

To light the lanterns, use a small electric candle--never a flame--since these are made of paper. You can use an electric tea light, but I found that these tap lights gave a stronger light, which enables people to see the detail of the lantern more clearly.

Templates for Cylindrical Year of the Tiger Lanterns

Here is the link for Templates for Cylindrical Year of the Tiger Lanterns. You will see six different templates. Remember to direct your printer to print only the pages you want.


Photos of the Templates

Below you will see photos that show what each template looks like. Click on a thumbnail to see a bigger image of that photo.

Additional Facts about the Lantern Festival

The theme of the Lantern Festival is peace, forgiveness, and reconciliation. People decorate their houses with colorful lanterns, and often these lanterns have riddles written on them. Whoever is able answer a riddle receives a small gift.

The traditional foods to serve are sweet rice balls which are often stuffed with things like sweet red beans, dates, lotus seed, coconut, peanuts, or sesame seeds. These round balls signify wholeness and unity in the family.

The following folktale explains the traditions of the Lantern Festival.

Once upon a time, the Jade Emperor decreed that a certain town should be burnt to the ground because the people there had killed his goose. When the people found out, they sent a large group of old men down the road where they met a young woman in a bright red dress riding a donkey. She was the Fire Goddess. They begged her to have mercy on their town, and though she was touched by their plight, she told them she had to obey orders. However, she gave them a copy of her orders to present to their Emperor to see if he could find a way out of their destruction.

Advised by the local fortuneteller, the Emperor learned that the Fire Goddess loved sweet rice balls. They hatched a plan to make the dish to please the goddess, and to hang lanterns, light bonfires, and put on fireworks displays so that the Jade Emperor would think that the town was on fire and that his orders had been carried out.

It all worked out just as they had planned. The Fire Goddess was delighted with the gift of sweet rice balls, and the Jade Emperor looked down on the city, saw the lights and fires, and was satisfied that the city had been burned. Since that time, people hang lanterns, light fires, and set off fireworks in commemoration of the plan that succeeded in saving their city.

Lantern Riddles

Here are some riddles you can attach to your lanterns. See if others can guess the answers.

Q: When you cry, she cries.

When you laugh, she laughs.

When you ask her who she is,

She says, “You know.”

A. A mirror

Q: It looks green,

But it opens red.

What you eat is red,

But what you spit out is black.

A: A watermelon

Q: Hard at work day and night,

It counts the numbers over and over.

Although it counts all its life,

It never gets past 12.

Q: Branches grow on its head;

It wears spotted clothes.

Not a donkey or a horse,

It runs like the wind.

A: Deer

This information has been gleaned from Encyclopaedia Britannica and the book Moonbeams, Dumplings, & Dragon Boats.

© 2021 Adele Jeunette

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