There is less than a month and our festive New Year spirit is rising again. Just like a sleeping fire dragon, who is raising from a volcano. Yes, it is obvious we are inspired, and can’t wait to get our craft tools to make some of the most fun Chinese New Year crafts for kids.
Chinese New Year is the most important and longest holiday in China. Its beginning is determined annually according to the lunar calendar, and it is better known as Spring Festival.
So you need to be prepared for lots of red, golden hues, variations of dragons, noise-making crafts, and sweet treats.
The red color is associated with luck and prosperity in China, here is why much of the decoration for the holiday is in red and gold.
It is no coincidence that all streets and squares are decorated with red lanterns. The red color is used against evil spirits. Here is the reason why all streets and squares are decorated with red lanterns.
Sweet treats to make the year sweet- make sure you have something sweet to make the year sweeter- this is a really popular custom in China.
Some of the most traditional and popular foods during the Chinese New Year are rice cake, rice with eight treasures, sugary fruits.
Inspired by Chines New Year traditions we have selected some cool ideas for kids’ crafts that will keep them busy and entertained. You will need colorful paper sheets, glue, scissors, crayons, and lots of creativity. Of course, you can find online printables that make the crafting even funnier.
Here are just a few Chinese New Year crafts ideas you can try with your little ones:
- Dragon masks and paper puppets
- Paper lanterns
- Cinese paper drums
- Chinese firecrackers and fireworks
- Chinese Horoscope Animals
- Fortune paper cookies
Now, get your aprons on, and let’s make some cool and fun Chinese Ney Year crafts for kids and not only.
Find more inspiration on our dedicated Pinterest board.
1. Tiger Paper Lantern
Welcome the year of the Tiger with tiger paper lanterns. You can use ready printables or craft ones from paper rolls.
2. Paper Tiger Puppet
Another tiger idea is where your kids could use more crafting techniques and tools.
3. Chinese New Year’s Paper Lantern
Chinese lantern to decorate the space, made from colorful paper and strings.
4. Chinese Dragon Plate
A magical paper plate that makes the sleeping dragon fly.
5. Paper Plate Drums
Let rise the noise and get all the monsters away with these paper plate drums.
6. Chinese New Year’s Dragon Mask
Super cool and colorful dragon mask for the Chinese New Year celebrations to scare the evil spirits.
7. Paper Roll Fire Dragoon
The scary fire dragon can be crafted by the paper roll and colorful tissue paper.
8. Chinese Paper Doll
Use your finest skills to decorate this masterpiece.
9. Paper Panda Family
Funny panda family rolling around and eating fresh bamboo.
10. Chinese Paper Decoration
Elegant paper lantern.
11. Paper Flying Fish
According to Wikipedia, Koinobori these flying fish are a traditional decoration for National Children Day in Japan. But are also a wonderful craft you can make with your kids.
12. Paper Koi Fish
These cute koi fish are symbols of luck, prosperity, and good fortune. You can craft them from the paper rolls and orange crayons.
13. Money Tree Kids Craft
Money tree Chinese New Year craft that is super cool and your kids would love.
14. Chinese New Year’s Dragon Puppet
Find the patter of this cool Chinese dragon here.
15. Paper Fortune Cookies
Fortune cookies made from cupcake holders.
16. Paper Chinese Dragon Chain
You can make a few in different sizes and colors.
17. Chinese Animal Horoscope
Learn the Chinese horoscope with this cool craft idea.
18. Chinese Paper Rat
You can make each family member’s Chinese horoscope animal as a gift for the upcoming Chinese New Year.
19. Paper Fan
Let’s cool down with a DIY paper fan.
20. Chinese Firecrackers
It is time to scare all the bad spirits with these firecrackers.
21. Chinese Ox Paper Lanter
Another paper lantern idea that is inspired by the Chinese horoscope.
22. Chinese New Yer Favors
It is time to have something sweet, so your New Year will be sweet and prosprity.
23. Mason Jar Lanterns
And Chinese New Year craft ideas for moms.
24. Chinese New Year’s Paper Spiral
25. Chinese Paper Roll Hen
Sweet colorful hen made from paper.
26. Cherry Blossom
An inspirational way to make some art.
27. Paper Ballon Pig
Round, and pink, super cool pigs paper lanterns.