7 Super Fun CNY Craft Ideas For Kids: DIY Oranges, Cherry Blossom Tree, And Fortune Cookies

Ally Villar
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Planning on decorating your home for your family’s Chinese New Year reunion? Why not let your children show off a bit of their artistic side! Let your kids unleash their creative side with some fun arts and crafts for Chinese New Year!

Not only will this help you bond with your little one–we all know the many benefits of art for kids–it’ll also liven up their festive spirits.

So grab your arts and crafts kit and try out these easy and crafty ideas to celebrate the “Niu” year. They are fun, creative, and super engaging; and we know that because we tried them ourselves!

Arts And Crafts For Chinese New Year: 7 Fun Ideas To Try At Home

1. Toilet Paper Roll Mandarin Oranges

arts and crafts for chinese new year
arts and crafts for chinese new year

To bring good fortune to your family, Have your little one try their hands at making oranges–without a visit to the grocery store! Of course, these are not meant to snack on. But they can be just as prosperous, brining good luck to you on Chinese New Year. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Toilet paper rolls

  • Paper plates

  • Paint

  • Brush

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Paper

What to do:

  • Cut the toilet paper roll into as many rings as you like. Then, using a regular paper cut out circles to cover the top of the toilet roll rings. 

arts and crafts for chinese new year
arts and crafts for chinese new year
  • Paste the circles on the rings, they’re all ready to paint. Cut out their leaves and colour them green then also paint the oranges as… well, orange!

arts and crafts for chinese new year
arts and crafts for chinese new year
  • Once the oranges are dry, you can stick their little leaves at their tops. Then, put them all together and paste them on a paper plate so that they’re ready to be framed anywhere in your home.

arts and crafts for chinese new year
arts and crafts for chinese new year

Don’t they look cute and what a fun activity! 

2. Fortune Cookies

arts and crafts for chinese new year
arts and crafts for chinese new year

Image source: Crafts By Amanda website

You can make your own fortune cookies right at home! And no, we don’t mean cooking up some cookies. Instead, you can use the extra red packets you have left from the past years and create your own motivational fortunes for Chinese New Year.

These paper fortune cookies by Crafts by Amanda can surely be a fun activity to prepare with your kids and will be exciting to share with your family and friends.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Red packets

  • Double-sided tape

  • Scissors

  • Pen

What to do:

Image source: Crafts By Amanda website

  • Cut out circles from the red packets.

  • Carefully fold the circles into halves, but not all the way. 

  • Join the two ends together with double-sided tape. 

  • Fold the halved circles again into another half.

  • Slip in your fortune paper slips for each one and they’re ready to be pulled out as someone’s fortune!

3. Paper Dragon

Image Source: Woo! Jr website

You can recreate your own mini dragon dance at home with this paper dragon puppet craft from Woo! Jr.

It’s simple enough to make and even fun to design as your kids will surely enjoy colouring and customising their very own dragon puppet. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Construction paper

  • Scissors

  • Colouring materials

  • Glue

  • Skewer sticks

What to do:

  • Print or draw your dragon.

  • Colour it to your heart’s content.

  • Cut it out and paste it to the skewer sticks.

  • Fold the construction paper into an “accordion” then paste the two ends to connect the head and the tail. 

4. Chinese Lantern

Image source: First Palette website

Decorate your home with Chinese Lanterns made personally by you and your child. This paper lantern by First Palette is simple enough yet would look great handing across your family during your reunion dinner.

These arts and crafts decoration for Chinese New Year will definitely liven up your home.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Paper

  • Scissors

  • Stapler or tape

  • Glue

  • Ruler

  • Pencil

  • Other things you’d like to decorate your lantern with such as tape, gift wrapper, red packets, or even stickers.

What to do:

  • Cut off a one-inch strip for the handle and set aside.

  • Fold the paper in half and draw a horizontal line an inch wider from the end of the paper. 

  • From the folded edge, cut slits one-inch apart from each other.

Image source: First Palette website

  • Unfold the paper and decorate the top as well as the bottom part. 

  • Start decorating the lantern with stickers, or paint, basically anything you like.

Image source: First Palette website

  • Roll the paper into a cylindrical shape by either stapling it or taping the top and bottom. 

Image source: First Palette website

  • Glue the ends of the hand inside of the tube and you have yourself your own little lantern. 

5. Red Packet Fish Ornament

Image source: Sub Merryn website

This red packet fish ornament from Sub Merryn will be an adorable decoration to hang around your home for your Chinese New Year Festivities.

For this particular craft, you’re going to need a few simple origami skills to complete your little fish ornament.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Red packet

  • Scissors

  • Googly eyes

  • Stapler

What to do:

  • Cut red packet into a square.

  • Draw lines as shown and cut along the lines.

Image source: Sub Merryn website

  • Cut out another red packet with a different colour as the tail then attach it to the body. 

  • Paste the googly eye on your fish then you’re done!

6. Chinese Fan

arts and crafts for chinese new year
arts and crafts for chinese new year

Image source: Sub Merryn website

Fight the heat with your very own DIY Chinese fan that is simple enough to make with your kids. Plus, it would be also fun to decorate it for Chinese New Year festivities. So try out this handy craft from Sub Merryn and see what you and your kiddo can come up with.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Red packet

  • Paper 

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Gold thread

  • Other things you’d like to decorate your lantern with such as washi tape, gift wrapper, red packets, stickers, etc.

What to do:

  • Fold the paper “accordion” style then fold it again in half. 

  • Afterwards, glue together.

  • Cut two triangles on its edge.

  • Tie a gold thread at the bottom. 

  • Cut the utmost bottom tip of the fan under the gold thread.

  • Spread your fan out and decorate it as you wish. 

7. Finger Print Cherry Blossom Tree

arts and crafts for chinese new year
arts and crafts for chinese new year

Image source: Craft-Crafted website

For more things to frame, you can also try this simple yet sweet fingerprint cherry blossom tree by Crafty Crafted.

Put your child’s little thumbs to use and let them enjoy the fun of finger painting by creating their own cherry blossom tree. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Paint

  • Paper

  • Brush

What to do:

  • Paint the branches of tree and wait until dry.

  • Dip your fingers or thumb into the paint.

  • Start stamping them all over your paper like blossoms on a tree.

Hope you try them out and have a crafty bonding experience with your little ones.

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