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Table Lanterns For Chinese New Year

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Create Chinese candle lanterns using wood veneer and other inexpensive items from Lowes and ring in the Chinese New Year in style.

Chinese New Year Lantern

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Utility knife
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors


  • 1- red electrical tape (#19366)
  • 1- 12" x 48" veneer facing (#40380)
  • 1- 3" mini louver (#17208)
  • 1- small LED candle (#166531)

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Step 1

Lay out a roll of veneer facing. Using a utility knife, cut out a piece 10 inches tall and 11 inches long.

Step 2

Chinese New Year Lantern

Measure in one inch from both ends of the veneer facing and draw a vertical line. Then measure 5-1/2 inches in from both ends and draw a vertical line down the middle of the facing. (This is the part of the veneer that will bulge out in your finished lantern.) Next, draw horizontal lines in one-inch increments.

Step 3

Slice along the horizontal lies you just drew.

Step 4

Wrap one end of the veneer around the mini louver vent.

Step 5

Apply electrical tape around both ends of the lantern.

Step 6

Chinese New Year Lantern

For an exotic mood lift, turn down the lights and insert LED candles in the bases of the lanterns.