Chinese New Year Crafts: Fun & Creative Ideas For Kids

Get Creative with Chinese New Year Crafts
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As the Lunar New Year approaches, it’s time to celebrate with creativity and excitement and some fun and our best Chinese New Year crafts for kids.

Chinese New Year is a time when families to come together and enjoy various traditions while creating lasting memories. One way to create fun memories is to explore a wide range of fun and engaging Chinese New Year crafts that are perfect for kids.

From dragon crafts to paper lanterns, these crafts will blend fun and culture to create a memorable celebration for the whole family.

Chinese New Year crafts not only provide a fantastic opportunity for kids to express their creativity but introduces them to Chinese culture and traditions.


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So, let’s dive in and discover the exciting world of Chinese New Year crafts!


Chinese New Year Crafts for the Year of The Dragon

The Chinese Zodiac is a fascinating system based on a 12-year cycle, where each year is associated with a different animal sign. In the Chinese calendar, one of 12 zodiac animal associated with each year.

2024 is the Year of the Dragon. The Chinese Dragon is a symbol of power, good luck, and prosperity. 

So, let’s get started with a dragon craft for kids. 


3D Dragon Chinese New Year Craft

Final 3D Dragon Chinese New Year Craft: Welcome The Year Of The Dragon With Creative Fun

Created out of paper towel rolls, disposable chopstick, crepe paper and angpow packets, this dragon Chinese New Year craft results in a 3D model that is perfect for the Year of the Dragon. 

Read our step-by-step guide to creating this dragon craft.


Chinese Dragon Origami

Chinese Dragon Origami

Want to try making a paper Chinese dragon? We came across this video tutorial on how to make an Origami Chinese Dragon from N2Q Video. Follow it step-by-step to create your own Chinese dragon out of paper. 


Other Zodiac Animals

Here are some other zodiac animal crafts.

7 Easy CNY Tiger-Themed Crafts

Earn your stripes with the easy tiger-themed Chinese New Crafts found here.

Chinese New Year Craft: Make An Ox DecorationThis is a simple ox craft that makes use of a free template provided by Little Day Out. Download the free craft template here

Ang Pow Craft Dogs

Or how about a fun Ang Pow Dog craft that can be made from red packets that you may have around the home? Find out how to make this Year of the Dog Chinese New Year craft.


Chinese New Year Craft Ideas to Decorate the Home

Creating your own creative Chinese New Year craft that you can use to decorate the home is a great way to personalise your Lunar New Year decor.

Auspicious Chinese Character CNY Decorations

Auspicious Chinese Character CNY Decorations: Easy Crafts With Kids

Auspicious Chinese character CNY decorations are must-haves in most homes where the festival is celebrated. Not only can you involve the kids in the home decoration process, but also teach them a couple of Chinese words associated with Chinese New Year traditions and – most importantly – have fun bonding!

Read our guide on how to make these Chinese character CNY crafts.


Chinese New Year Pineapple Craft

Making the CNY Pineapple Craft: A Step-by-Step Guide

To the Chinese, the pineapple is considered an auspicious item to have in the home during the Chinese New Year. Rolling a pineapple into a new home is also thought to attract good fortune for the residents.

Since the pineapple is so well-liked by everyone, we decided to make it the subject of our kid-friendly Lunar New Year craft!

Read more about how to create this Chinese New Year Pineapple Craft.


Plum Blossom Branches Craft

Plum Blossom Branches Craft

Turn angbaos into a beautiful plum blossom that you can proudly display at home. 

Read our step-by-step guide here.


Bow Tie & Hair Piece Craft

Bow Tie and Hair Piece Chinese New Year Craft Idea

Use angbaos and turn them into ang “bows” in this creative Chinese New Year craft idea.

Read out step-by-step guide here.


Classic Chinese New Year Crafts

Simple Angpow Fish Craft

A classic Chinese New Year craft is to create a fish from angpows. You can even use old or recycled angpows for this simple craft that kids will be able to enjoy making. 

Watch our video above on how to make this angpow fish craft. Or, you can read our step-by-step guide to making the angpow fish.


Chinese Paper Fan, Chinese Paper Lantern and Paper Firecracker

When it comes to timeless Chinese New Year crafts, you can’t go wrong with the Chinese Paper Fan, Chinese Paper Lantern and Paper Firecracker. These are easy Chinese New Year crafts that kids will have fun doing. 

Watch our video above to find out how to create your very own set of these crafts to decorate your home.


Get Creative with Chinese New Year Crafts

Get Creative with Chinese New Year Crafts

We hope that you’ve enjoyed learning about these fun Chinese New Year crafts that you can make together with kids. Have a great time working on them and having fun doing these crafts together.


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