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