1. Red Paper Tube Firecrackers – Throwing firecrackers is supposed to ward off evil spirits during the holiday and strings of firecrackers are a common decoration. For this craft, you'll need some red construction paper, white yarn, scissors, tape and gold glitter glue or gold glitter and glue.
- Cut the paper into small cylinders about the size of a toilet paper tube. I got 4 tubes out of one sheet of construction paper. Tape the end so it stays.
|Firecracker decorations - no gunpowder and they're silent!|
- Decorate the outside of the tube. In the photo above, I used glitter and glue because it's what I had in the house. Glitter glue would have been much easier.
Tape yarn inside each tube and then string together. The
more, the better.
|Not the most intelligent-looking beast.|
3. Shoe Print Horse - Here's a great way to recycle at least one brown paper shopping bag. You'll need a shoe (the bigger, the better), a bag, tape, a sheet of black construction paper, a black marker, and scissors. If you want to make it a little fancier, you could use yarn for the mane instead of black paper.
- Trace a shoe on the blank side of the paper bag; cut it out. The heel or narrower part of the shape will be the top of the horse's head. Also cut out a long triangle for the neck and small triangles for ears.
- Tape the long triangle onto the head and the two ears to the top of the head.
- Cut off a strip of black paper for the mane; it should be a bit longer than the triangle for the neck. Fringe the strip of black and tape it onto the neck. I played with mine a bit so it looked a little "wild."
- Draw eyes and nose with the marker.
|Fringing the lantern.|
|The finished lantern.|
4. Paper Lantern - This is the classic that many kids learn in preschool or kindergarten. You'll need colored paper, scissors, and glue, tape or a stapler.
- Fold the paper in half, making a long, thin rectangle.
- Snip a bunch of cuts long the fold line (kind of like long fringes), but don't cut all the way to the edge of the paper.
- Unfold the paper and glue, tape, or staple the short edges together.
- Cut another piece of paper and attach as the handle.
5. Chinese Fan - Sure, it looks like an ordinary fan, but add some glitter (which I did not do), use red paper (which I ran out of), and it comes in mighty handy to hide behind when Mom asks you to put away your arts and crafts supplies. You'll need paper, crayons, and tape.
- Decorate the paper.
- Start folding, alternating the direction of the fold.
- Bring the bottom together and tape so you can hold
- Find the nearest menopausal woman having a hot flash and start fanning.
Want to learn about the Chinese New Year and make even more stuff? Here are some additional resources you might like:
- A bunch of info about the year of the horse along with
additional craft ideas can be found at
- For free horse coloring pages, visit
- This site
lists some more Chinese New Year crafts, but what I really like are
the printable books it contains which include Chinese animals, the
giant panda, a tiny picture dictionary, a cut-and-paste picture
dictionary, a Chinese counting book, and more.
- Here's a wonderful link to a horse paper cutting
but it looks a bit too complicated for small kids, although you may
want to try it.
- This site lists crafts, games, and some fantastic recipes:
Thanks for reading!
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