Chinese New Year Crafts

[kirigami of Chinese character for Spring]

We have been so busy trying to settle into a new routine since the beginning of the new year that it didn’t quite occur to me that Chinese New Year is just next week !

There are so much to be done and I am beginning to panick

I am your typical Chinese who needs to do her spring cleaning, stocking up of food, dressing up the house in auspicious red

And I need everyone to have something new and preferably red to wear on Chinese New Year Day

[fire crackers – a used waist band from a pair of old shorts was used to string the rolled red packets together]

Doesn’t matter if the story behind Chinese New Year is pathetic and hopeless

This day marks the beginning of spring

It is a time where all lives sprung to life after months of hibernating in cold winter

It is a joyous occasion and a time for celebration

[chinese lantern – made by stapling the 4 corners of red packets to one another, red tissue paper for the tail]

Unfortunately, we can’t really feel the joy of spring in this part of the world

Nor can you feel it at this time if you are living in the southern hemisphere of the globe

Anyway we are finally getting our act together

Bought the flowers, washed the curtains, tidy up the house

Now the kids and I are trying to churn out some crafts to dress up our house

[Malcolm with his silly lantern hat]

We were really pleased with our final products knowing that we almost never spent a single cent on craft material

Most of the stuff used were scraps, old and unwanted

So let your creativity flows
Have fun recycling
and happy stapling !


What you need :
Lots of red packets (we used the kids’ ang pow from last year)
Lots of staples

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  1. Jus says:

    Wow… sounds like you have CNY prep all under control, we are still spring-cleaning, and I’ve yet to start on the crafts! Thanks for the inspiration, and congrats on winning the camera! 🙂

    Rachel : thanks Jus. Wishing you and your family great health, great wealth and happiness for the new year 🙂

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  3. Wes says:

    Love your firecracker craft. We did something similar this year that used lai see envelopes as decorations. Our kiddo loved having it hang in his room! I put the link to the project in my signature.

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