Easy Lunar New Year Crafts

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

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

Lunar New Year of the Tiger craft for kids photo frame
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Year of the Tiger Photo Frames

One of the cutest Year of The Tiger crafts I’ve seen yet! Younger children will need help from parents but this is a fun family project.

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Tiger Paper Lantern

One of the cutest Year of The Tiger crafts I’ve seen yet! Younger children will need help from parents but this is a fun family project.

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Light-up Tiger Lantern

Your kids will enjoy making this cute lantern made with craft paper, string, and a plastic water bottle.

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Hanging Tiger Decoration

Change up the simple accordion fold technique by using orange and white paper.

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Rainbow Paper Lantern Craft

What a unique paper lantern idea! This craft is simple enough for preschoolers and still fun for older children.

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Paper Bag Tiger Banners

Recycle your old lunch bags and make these tiger banners to decorate your door for good luck!

Chinese New Year Paper Lantern decorations Craft

Red Envelope Lanterns Wall Decoration

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.

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

Red Envelope Dragon Decoration

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.

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.

Fish Money Holder

Origami Fish Money Holder

Make these lucky fish to hold gold $1 coins, or use larger paper for standard bills.


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