How to make a paper Chinese lantern pendant

Have you ever been to an outdoor party with Chinese lanterns?

Chinese Lanterns

Chinese Lanterns

I’ve always loved the way they looked.  They seem to float on the air with delicate fringe hanging down.

The pretty way they hang inspired me.  I thought that this is something that would be perfect for making out of paper!

And so this new paper bead tutorial was born.

I’ve included the basic steps for making a Chinese Lantern Pendant in written form, or you can just scroll down, sit back and watch the video I made.

Chinese Lantern Pendant

Chinese Lantern Pendant


  • 3/4 inch circle craft punch
  • 1 sheet of Scrapbook paper
  • Silver seed bead (size 6/0)
  • Red glass pearl bead (6 mm)
  • 2 bead caps (1 used 10 mm caps)
  • 20 gauge wire (Approx 6 inches)
  • Thin chain link
  • Glue – Mod Podge, Elmers, PVA glue are all good.
  • A small paintbrush for applying glue
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • A necklace of your choice

Supplies for Chinese Lantern pendant

How to make the pendant

Using the circle punch, cut out 12 circles

Die cut circles


Fold the circles in half

Folded Circles


Put glue onto half the back of a folded circle.


Attach to the next folded circle.

Making a Chinese Lantern bead


Continue until all the folded circles are attached.  It looks a little like a book right now.


Glue the first circle to the last.

Finished gluing


Set the round paper bead aside to dry.


Grab your wire, cut about 6 inches off, and make a loop at one end using your round pliers.

Pliers and Loop


Cut 3 lengths of chain — each 1 inch long.  Open the loop at the end of the wire.  Attach the chains to the loop and close the loop with your bent nose pliers.

Pliers and fringe


Thread the straight part of the wire through your beads in this order:  Red bead, end cap, paper bead, end cap, silver bead.



One you have threaded all the beads, use your round pliers to make a loop at the top of the pendant.
Top loop


You’re done!

Either slip the pendant directly onto a necklace or attach to a necklace with jump rings. (I used a flocked velvet necklace from a craft store and attached the pendant with jump rings.)

Chinese Lantern Bead


Video Version of this Tutorial


Video intro music: Nate Allan
Photo of real Chinese Lanterns – Flickr Image: Some rights reserved by pellesten



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