Looking for some cute Chinese New Year crafts to do with the family? Check out these collection of 30 ideas. You’ll want to try them all!
When the new year starts, I know that a few things are going to happen soon after. Things that are as certain as death and taxes:
My birthday (January 24th) – so I’m going to get one year older pretty quickly. Also, I share with Neil Diamond and Ed Helms!
TheSuper Bowl – it’s always around my birthday and has been on that day in the past. I’m a Falcons and Seahawks fan!
Chinese New Year – celebrating the new year on the traditional lunar calendar. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February
Speaking specifically of Chinese New Year, in 2001 it landed right smack dab on my 24th birthday – also my golden birthday. So what did I do? Have a party. And I dressed up. And we did Chinese New Year crafts!
As far as I’m concerned, any holiday is a chance to do fun crafts – and yes, even at a party. No matter the celebration, I always have a crafty element. It’s my thing. And you know what? People always participate!
So with Chinese New Year right around the corner, I decided it would be fun to celebrate early with a list of Chinese New Year crafts. I’ve got 30 ideas in this post you need to try! I’ve gathered the best projects on the ‘net.
Chinese New Year Facts
Before we jump into the Chinese New Year crafts, I wanted to share five fun facts about the holiday with you. No matter if you’re having a party or doing these in a classroom or at home school, they’ll be fun to share.
According to tales and legends, the beginning of the Chinese New Year started with a mythical beast called the Nian (a beast that lives under the sea or in the mountains) during the annual Spring Festival.
Chinese New Year is observed as a public holiday in some countries and territories where there is a sizable Chinese and Korean population.
On the days immediately before the New Year celebration, Chinese families give their homes a thorough cleaning. There is a Cantonese saying “Wash away the dirt on nin ya baat.“
The fifteenth day of the lunar new year is celebrated as “Yuanxiao Festival” (元宵节; 元宵節; Yuán xiāo jié), also known as the Lantern Festival. Rice dumplings tangyuan are eaten this day. Candles are lit outside houses as a way to guide wayward spirits home.
A reunion dinner (nián yè fàn) is held on New Year’s Eve during which family members gather for a celebration.
Now that you’ve learned more about the holiday, check out these fun Chinese New Year crafts and activities!
Chinese New Year Crafts
These Chinese New Year crafts are so easy to make! There are options for both kids and adults - from dragons to lanterns to red envelopes and more.
In the Chinese culture, dragons are thought to be linked to good luck, wisdom, and long life. My point is, these are one of those Chinese New Year crafts you're definitely going to want to make! It's easy and inexpensive with egg cartons.
Get into the festive spirit by making a Chinese New Year bookmark! This easy project was inspired by the traditional folk art of Chinese paper cutting. Add a string of Chinese lucky coins to attract prosperity to your life.
If you've never make clothespin puppets, you're in for a treat! With four different printable dragon puppet designs (both in full color and black and white for kids to color) you can be sure they will have a blast.
Red envelopes are small red and gold packets containing money given to children, family members, friends and employees as a symbol of good luck! This is a tradition I can definitely get behind; learn to make your own here.
Did you know that the paper you write on everyday got its start in Ancient China right around 100 BC during the Han Dynasty? It was made from bamboo fibers! Teach kids the same idea using this modern day version.
These paper cuttings were made specifically for the year of the rat, but you could adapt the idea for several of the other lunar animals! Inspired by paper snowflakes, these rats are very easy to make.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a bright DIY pinata! The origin of the pinata can be traced to China as far back as the 13th century. So this craft isn't just perfect for parties, it's rooted deeply in tradition.
I hope you enjoy these Chinese New Year activities! Please let me know what you think in the comments. I’d love for you to also check out these other posts: