When we're not busy stuffing our faces with pineapple tarts, we're breaking out the art kit and making some DIY Chinese New Year crafts with the kids!
Chinese New Year is here! If you need some help keeping the kids entertained over the festive period – we’re here to help! We’ve already turned plates into dinosaurs during the school holidays, and now we’re creating dragons out of paper plates and pineapples out of washi tape with these fun DIY decorations! Gong xi fa cai, everyone!
Chinese New Year craft ideas for kids
1. Pineapple washi tape prints
This is an oldie, but a goodie when it comes to Chinese New Year crafts for kids. The pineapple washi tape print (pictured top) by Delineate Your Dwelling continues to make an appearance in our households over the festive season as a great way to entertain the kids. Plus, it actually looks pretty cute – we reckon you’ve also got yourselves a handmade gift for the rellies. Winning!
2. Chinese New Year pellet drums
This is one bangin’ Chinese New Year craft project, and we bet it’s something that the kids will have fun doing! This is a recreation of a traditional Chinese instrument known as bolang gu (pellet drum). All you need are two paper plates, red and gold paint, strong chopsticks, string, and two bells. Follow Gift of Curiosity‘s tutorial and kiddos will have a field day with these.
3. Baby food jar lanterns
If you have empty baby food jars lying around, this is a great, artsy way to reuse them. Artsy Momma came up with a craft project that turns the jars into Chinese New Year lanterns, and we’re digging them.
4. Chinese lantern sun catcher
Want a simple, straightforward craft that’ll keep the kiddos busy for a couple of hours? This is it. Check out The Gingerbread House, which listed down the steps to create this lantern sun catcher. Place these on the windows when you’re done, and admire your house as it transforms into a gorgeous red hue.
5. Bunny finger puppets
Usher in the Year of the Rabbit with this cute bunny craft. These puppets are easy enough for the littles to make and are another activity that’ll keep them preoccupied once they’re done. Head over to I Heart Crafty Things, which has the printable template and a how-to video. Hoppy Chinese New Year!
6. Pop up rabbit card
Wish someone a Happy Chinese New Year with this adorable card! According to Red Ted Art, you need to cut out rabbit card shapes, create a special fold so that the rabbit can pop up, and stick everything down in place. We had fun making this, and we’re certain the kids will too.
7. Good luck ornaments
Usher in loads of good luck into your home this lunar new year with an easy peasy paper ornament! Gather your colourful markers, purchase some embroidery floss at any Chinese stores, and follow the instructions listed on Made With Happy. Who knows: you might be blessed with bountiful luck after hanging these up!
8. Homemade fortune cookies
Kids will love making these little parcels of luck: homemade fortune cookies by Crafts by Amanda. We also love that it requires minimal materials: scrapbook paper, glue dots and white paper. And, hey presto – you’ve got yourself some super-duper fortune cookies!
9. Chinese paper lanterns
10. Handmade tiger card
Simple Everyday Mom came up with this craft activity for Valentine’s Day, but we think it’s fitting to make these for lunar new year celebrations too! Once done, pen down all the auspicious CNY greetings and send them out to the folks you want to wish bountiful blessings to.
11. Printable paper dragon puppet
All you need for this easy peasy dragon craft by Kids Activities Woo is a printer, some felt tips and a couple of wooden skewers. We even think our toddlers could give this one a go if you assist with the cutting. The older kids can get carried away with their colour combos, so you’ve got a craft for all ages. Job done.
12. Ang bao fish!
13. Chinese dragon puppets
There’s nothing scary about these colourful Chinese dragon puppets in this Kix Cereal tutorial. Get creative with some paper plates and cupcake liners, and add some popsicle sticks so your dragon can get on the move. This one is sure to keep the kids entertained!
14. Goldfish kite
After you’re done with the annual spring cleaning, spruce up your home with these illuminating goldfish kites! It will look really mesmerising when that (random) gust of wind blows and perhaps bring more luck into your life too? Activity Village has the tutorial to make this easy craft.
Have fun crafting these Chinese New Year activities, folks!