Lunar New Year Crafts

Lunar New Year Craft: Chinese Paper Lanterns

During Lunar New Year, the lantern festival signifies the end of the new year celebration. This day is usually spent with family, enjoying food and watching lion/dragon dances. Normally, red gauze is used for making lanterns. The red colour is chosen because it signifies happiness. Gold accents are used because it’s a symbol for wealth. 

This very easy to do paper lantern can be hung up in a classroom, or perhaps used as outdoor decor in the warmer months. Their lightweight design will have them floating blissfully in the wind. 

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You Will Need:

1. Fold your paper that you will be using for the body of the lantern in half. You have the option to fold either the long way or the short way. If you fold lengthwise, your lantern will turn out shorter. If you fold it width-wise, it will come out longer. See the outcome in a few pictures below. 

2. Mark a line about ½ an inch form the edge of your folded paper. I folded my paper inside out so I could mark it on the plain side. We want to make sure that we aren’t cutting the paper all the way to the end, as this will act as a top and bottom boarder, to keep your lantern intact. Cut up from the folded edge, along the whole sheet of paper.

3. Open up your paper. Roll it into a tube shape, and glue/tape the ends together. What I like to do at this point is really crease those folds, to get the lantern to stay in its shape. 

This is what you should currently have.

4. Using a different coloured paper, cut out 3 strips of paper. Two of the paper strips will be used as a trim to really finish off your lanterns nicely. The other strip of paper will be used as the handle. Attach these with glue or stamp tape.  

5. Now using the glitter glue, embelish and decorate your lanterns however you want! I added some glitter dots around the trim of my pink lantern, and some gold glitter stripes on my red lantern.

Based on how you folded the paper, you can get two different sizes of lanterns. The pink lantern paper was folded lengthwise and the red lantern was folded width-wise. You can get really creative and even add strips of tissue paper to the bottom of the lanterns to create a tail-like effect. 

Have fun and get crafting! 

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Lunar New Year Crafts

Lunar New Year Craft: Paper Dragon Roll

Dragons are very important to Chinese culture during Chinese/Lunar New Year because of the role they play. During this time of celebration, dragon dances are performed, as a ritual to scare away evil spirits. It is said that the dragon dance brings good luck to people, so the longer the dance, the more luck is brought to the community. 

This paper dragon roll is fierce, funky and fun. It’ll be a hit with the kids and dragon enthusiasts around. The light weightedness of the tissue paper flames allows you to blow through the paper tube, making the flames fly around and move, just like a fire! 

You will need: 

1. If you have a finished roll of paper towel and have a cardboard tube, cut it in half. (Skip this step if you don’t have one)
2. Wrap construction paper of your choice or Handmade Lokta Paper around the tub and use the glue stick to glue it on. If you don’t have a paper towel tube to use, simply cut the construction paper in half, and roll that into a tube shape. 
3. Using yellow and orange tissue paper, cut out long, thin, strips of paper. You can taper one end to a point as well to look like a flame. Cut out about 6-8 strips or so, depending on how dense you want the flames. They should be around 9-10″ in length. 
4. Choose 2 pom poms which will be for the eyes. Take 2 wiggle eyes and glue them onto the pom poms. Let it dry.
5. Glue the pom poms beside each other, on one end of the tube. 
6. Using a black marker, draw two nostrils on the other end of the tube.
7. On the end with the nostrils, you’ll be gluing your strips of tissue paper to the inside of the roll or “mouth” of the dragon. You’ll only need tissue paper on the top of the roll. Take your glue stick and roll it inside the opening. Attach the strips inside. 

Now all you have to do is take a deep breath, and blow! Watch the flames flicker as the dragon roars! 

I decided to go with using the Handmade Lokta Paper because of the paper design in the pack. I felt it totally resembled dragon scales or a dragon skin type of design! 

The kids will have endless amounts of fun with this fire breathing dragon!

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Lunar New Year Craft: Peg Pigs

This simple peg pig works great for the year of the pig, or for any farm animal craft. It can be easily interchangeable with any animal, by changing out the colour of foam/construction paper and pom poms. All items are available for purchase on the Avron website, and will be linked below! 

You will need: 

1. Using your pink construction paper, cut out a 3-4 inch oval for the pig’s body. 
2. Cut out a circle for the pig’s head.
3. Using your multicultural construction paper, using the lightest colour, cut out 2 triangles for the ears, and 1 circle for the snout. 
4. Using your glue stick, attach the head onto the body, the ears and snout on the head. 
5. Draw 2 circles on the snout with the black Sharpie as the nostrils. 
6. With a pink marker, colour 2 clothes pins which will be used as the pig’s legs. Glue the pins onto the bottom of the pig’s body using the Elmer’s School Glue.
7. Cut a pink pipe cleaner in half, and using a marker, wrap it around the marker to make a spring shape. Attach to the pig’s bottom as the tail. 
8. Put a dab of school glue on each pom pom, and stick it onto the pig’s body. Cover the whole body with pink pom poms.  

Of course you’re never limited to what you can do with these instructions. You can always change it up and make a cute little sheep, or any animal depending on the colour of paper you have! 

Thank you for reading and have fun crafting! 

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Lunar New Year Craft: Paper Plate Fans

With these paper plate fans, you can really show your creative side with this versatile craft. You have the option to cut your paper plates in half, leave them as a whole, or get creative and glue multiple plates together. It’s all up to you. All products are available for purchase on the Avron website, and will be linked below. 

You will need: 

Steps To Make the Floral Fan (Or any drawing you desire)
1. Cut 1 paper plate in half.
2. Using your tempera paints, paint a yellow semi-circle in the bottom half, center part of your fan. Paint your background colour of choice.
3. Using 2 craft sticks, paint them yellow, or any colour of your choosing.
4. Let the paint dry.
5. Once the paint is dry, using your glue gun, create an x shape with your 2 craft sticks, and glue them together. Once dried, glue the “handle” to the back of your fan.
6. Using your black Sharpie marker, draw some branches.
7. Using white and pink paint (I mixed red and white tempera paint to make pink), dot on some paint on the branches, so they look like flowers. Let it dry.
8. Using your glue gun, put tiny dots on your flowers, and sprinkle on your glitter. 

Steps To Make the Pig Fan
1. Mix your white and red paint to create the pink colour.
2. Paint 1 paper plate, and 1 craft stick pink. Let it dry.
3. Using 1 foam sheet, cut out 2 triangles for ears, and 1 oval to be used as the snout. 
4. Using your glue gun, attatch the ears at the top of the plate, the snout a little below the middle point, and 2 wiggle eyes. 
5. Glue on the craft stick to the back of the plate. 

To those who celebrate, we hope you have a wonderful Lunar New Year celebration! 

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Lunar New Year Craft: Paper Fortune Cookies

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These adorable paper fortune cookies are sure to please anyone who receives one. This very easy and simple paper craft always come out amazing no matter what paper you use. All products listed could be found on the Avron website, and will be linked below as well.

You will need the following items:

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With this craft, you can utilize various types of paper; construction paper, lokta paper, scrapbook paper, the choice is yours. Handmade Lokta Craft Paper was our choice because of the beautiful designs offered.

cny-fortune-cookie-31. With your circular object or compass, trace and cut out a 4 inch circle. We used a roll of tape to trace out a circle.

cny-fortune-cookie-42. Fold your circle in half, with the paper design on the inside.

cny-fortune-cookie-53. Unfold your circle, and place it down so that the crease you created is running horizontally. (from 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock) Place some stamp tape at 3 o’clock.

cny-fortune-cookie-64. Fold over the left side and press down onto the stamp tape you just placed. Don’t flatten the paper, but keep it open so it looks like a taco.

cny-fortune-cookie-75. Press down gently on the crease that was made. Place some stamp tape above the crease.

cny-fortune-cookie-86. Bring the two ends of the taco together by folding in half where the crease was made. Do not flatten it. Pinch the two ends and press firmly, so the tape can adhere to both sides and bring it to a fortune cookie shape. The top portion of the fortune cookie should still remain round and not be flattened.

CNY-FORTUNE-COOKIE-9.png7. You should now have your fortune cookie shaped! The next step is to cut a strip of paper, so you can add a message or a name. Add some stamp tape to one end and stick it inside of the cookie.

cny-fortune-cookie-10Probably one of the easiest paper crafts you can do, but it definitely has that adorable wow factor!

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