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Chinese New Year Crafts for Kids or Adults!

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!

Easy Chinese New Year crafts

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!
  • The Super 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.

Fact #1: 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.

Fact #2: Chinese New Year is observed as a public holiday in some countries and territories where there is a sizable Chinese and Korean population.

Fact #3: 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.

Fact #4: 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.

Fact #5: 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.

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:


Monday 9th of January 2023

The lucky cat is actually from the Japanese Culture.


Saturday 5th of February 2022

These are wonderful ideas. Amazing what folks can create with simple tools.


Monday 7th of February 2022

Thank you for reading Cynthia!