Making 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 Lunar New Year crafts, most tutorials are based on the simple accordion fold.
Get ready for Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year, Tết, and Spring Festival with these fun and easy craft ideas!
Easy Chinese New Year Crafts
Hoppin into 2023 be like… this adorable bunny frame! Print the coloring sheet or full-color design and personalize it with your own photos.
Make this fun wearable lion dance head to wear for your Lunar New Year festival.
Color, paint, and decorate this paper puppet. The customization options are endless!
What a unique paper lantern idea! This craft is simple enough for preschoolers and still fun for older children.
These lanterns are easy to make and can be strung together to make a banner to decorate your mantle or wall.
In Chinese culture, fish symbolize an abundance of wealth and good luck. This easy DIY craft will delight your fish-loving child.
Make this red envelope dragon out of red envelopes. It’s a fun and beautiful way to decorate your home for this festive holiday.
The possibilities are endless with this accordion fold fan. Just decorate with any design or symbol of your choice.
What a clever way to make a lantern decoration. This design is simple yet adds a new dimension to your Lunar New Year decor.
Make these lucky fish to hold gold $1 coins, or use larger paper for standard bills.