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Origami Lantern Tutorial
The traditional Japanese origami lantern is a very easy model to make - it will take you about 5 minutes to learn this!
The Japanese lantern is one of the many decorations at Tanabata or the 'Star Festival' - In Japanese 'Lantern' is pronounced 'Torro' and is written as 灯籠.
At Tanabata, Japanese people celebrate the meeting of Orihime and Hikoboshi, deities who are lovers -they are only allowed to meet one day a year, the day of the festival falls at a different date each year in July or August.
People celebrate by writing wishes or poetry, on tanzaku - strips of paper that are then hung upon a bamboo tree or 'wish tree', people also hang different origami decorations such as origami stars, streamers, lanterns and wreaths.
For this model start by getting the biggest paper you have, the lantern ends up quite small!
You will only need one sheet, it would be better if the paper didn't have a white side as it might show through.
If you make lots of these lanterns, you can turn them into a 'Yakko' ornament by attaching them to each other top to bottom and using a string to hang them.
If you love making Japanese decorations, check out my website, Paper Kawaii, where I post regular video tutorials on how to make many different origami decorations.
For more information on Tanabata, check out this link.Continue to 2 of 5 below.
02 of 05
Origami Lantern Tutorial - Step 1
Start white side up.
1. Fold your paper in half top to bottom and left to right.
2 & 3. Fold all four corners into the center.
4. Flip the model over to the other side.Continue to 3 of 5 below.
03 of 05
Origami Lantern Tutorial - Step 2
5 & 6. Fold all four corners into the center.
7. This is what you should have.
8. Flip the model over to the other side.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
04 of 05
Origami Lantern Tutorial - Step 3
9. Fold all four points into the center again.
10. Flip the model over to the other side.
11. You should have this.
12. Using you thumbs, push up and squash the two triangles at the top.
13. Flatten the top out to look like this.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
05 of 05
Origami Lantern Tutorial - Step 4
14. Rotate the model and do the same to the opposite end.
15. Flatten the whole thing out, you might want to glue down some of the back if you are going to be hanging them.
You should now have a pretty Japanese paper lantern!
Don't worry if it didn't work out the first time, just try again, it can take practice.