Easy Chinese New Year Crafts

happy children sitting under red paper lanterns and chinese new year decorations

Making Chinese New Year decorations with your children is a fun way to bond and learn about Chinese culture. You don’t have to be a DIY master, you just need to know one simple technique—the accordion fold! When I was thinking of craft ideas to do with my then 3-year-old, I remembered many of the projects I made growing up started with folding and cutting paper. I’ve put together this list of easy Chinese New Year crafts all based on the simple accordion fold.

Easy Chinese New Year Crafts

Red Envelope Lanterns Wall Decoration

Chinese New Year Paper Lantern decorations Craft

These lanterns are easy to make and can be strung together to make a banner to decorate your mantle or wall.

Double Fish Chinese New Year Decoration

In Chinese culture, fish symbolize an abundance of wealth and good luck. This easy DIY craft will delight your fish loving child.

Red Envelope Dragon Decoration

child holding Chinese New Year dragon decoration made out of red envelopes

Make this red envelope dragon out of red envelopes. It’s a fun and beautiful way to decorate your home for this festive holiday.

Chinese New Year Ornament

The possibilities are endless with this accordion fold fan. Just decorate with any design or symbol of your choice.

Lunar New Year Ox Charm

lunar new year ox charm DIY craft

The list would not be complete without a Year of the Ox craft. It’s very similar to the photo props I made last year.

Fan Lantern Wall Art

What a clever way to make a lantern decoration. This design is simple yet adds a new dimension to your Lunar New Year decor.

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