10 Festive Crafts to Celebrate the Lunar New Year

In China, and many other Asian cultures, the transition to the New Year is celebrated on January 22nd, with a celebration known as Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year. The Lunar New Year marks the transition to the next year in the Chinese Zodiac calendar, and is celebrated all over the world with parades, festivals, fireworks, music, dancing, and gifts! To help you learn about and celebrate the Lunar New Year, we've gathered some of our favorite Lunar New Year crafts from around the web. Embrace the year of the dog with a pair of adorable puppy hand puppets, make paper lanterns and firecracker chains to hang in your home for good luck, or have fun decorating your own paper fans and rattle drums to wave at your local Lunar New Year parade!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Fire-breathing Dragon Bellows

    Celebrate Chinese New Year with this fire-breathing dragon and learn about chambers that can produce strong currents of air just by squeezing them together!

    Download the printable here.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Toilet Paper Tube Firecrackers by This West Coast Mommy

    Recycle your empty toilet paper tubes into lucky red and gold firecrackers you can use to decorate your house for Lunar New Year with this easy-to-follow DIY from our friends at This West Coast Mommy.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Year of the Dog Hand Puppets by Red Ted Art

    Celebrate the upcoming year of the dog with these fun, cute, and easy to craft hand puppets by our friends at Red Ted Art!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Blooming Cherry Trees

    Take a nature walk to find some fallen branches to upcycle into beautiful blooming cherry trees. We used tissue paper to make the blooms. A beautiful, simple craft you can use to decorate your home for Lunar New Year.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Cherry Blossom Paper Fans by In The Playroom

    Fold and decorate your own festive paper fans with this simple Lunar New Year craft from the talented folks at In The Playroom!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Cupcake Liner Dragon Craft by i Heart Crafty Things

    These cupcake liner dragons from our friends at i Heart Crafty Things are a perfectly themed art project for children interested in the Lunar New Year. We were blown away by how great the dragon looks once the project is finished!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Red and Gold Paper Lanterns by Sturdy For Common Things

    Paper lanterns are a classic, instantly recognizable Lunar New Year decoration, and this easy to follow guide by our friends at Sturdy For Common Things makes it simple to make your own red and gold paper lanterns. Hang them around your house and you might just get a year's worth of good fortune in return!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Rattle Drum
    Rattle Drum

    (Ages 3-10)

    Rattle drums are a popular novelty at Lunar New Year's Festivals, and now you can make your own drums at home. Paint them red and gold for a festive theme, or put your own creative spin on it!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Paper Plate Hand Fans by The Pinterested Parent

    Transform a paper plate into an elegantly decorated hand fan with this wonderfully simple Lunar New Year DIY from our friends at The Pinterested Parent!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Paper Dragon
    Paper Dragon

    (Ages 3-8)

    Make your own Lunar New Year dragon using folded construction paper and common crafting components. Once you've got your dragon, you'll be ready to lead the parade!

Get inspired!