Chinese New Year Crafts & Activities for Kids

Amazing Chinese New Year Crafts like Dragon, Drum rolls, lanterns, masks, flowers are waiting for you. Be creative at this Chinese New year with K4 Craft!

One of the world’s oldest cultures, the Chinese culture stands out in all it’s forms and has been able to retain its individuality through the decades. It depicts the material and spiritual values in abundance. This rich culture includes varieties of ceramics, art, music, martial arts and cuisine. Today, we have brought to you some of the art and craft ideas that reflect the Chinese Culture.

Chinese New Year Crafts & Activities for Kids

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The Pink Dragon

Image source / Tutorial: woojr

The dragons have stood out as an epitome or replica of Chinese culture. So we would start off with the basic craft that includes the dragon image.

Materials required:

  1. Toothpicks
  2. Pink/Red chart paper
  3. Oil pastels
  4. Black Marker
  5. Glue
  6. Scissors

How to make it?

  1. Draw the head and the tail end of the dragon as shown in the diagram above.
  2. Color it with the help of oil pastels so that it looks prominent. (You can use any form of colors suitable to you)
  3. Make highlights with the help of a black marker.
  4. Cut the figures.
  5. Cut a strip of the chart paper of a preferable length and make folds on it. This will give the curvy look to the dragon.
  6. Stick the cut parts on the strip.
  7. Now you can stick the toothpick on the body of the cut dragon.

There you go!

Now you know how to simply make one of the most magnificent creatures just within a few minutes.

Feather bloom

Image source / Tutorial: hellowonderful

How about having a cute dragon crawling towards you? Sounds amazing,right?

Why wait,then?

Let’s make our feathery dragon in a few quick steps.

Materials required:

  1. Newspapers
  2. Paints
  3. Brush
  4. Glue
  5. Feathers
  6. Pom-pom balls (small ones)
  7. A small rectangular container or box for the face of the dragon
  8. Thread

How to make it?

  1. Take the newspaper. Cut long strips out of it for rolls (any size preferable to you)
  2. Roll up the strips and stick them with glue.
  3. Shred some strips of newspaper for the bottom design.
  4. Make the cutout for tongue also.
  5. Paint all of these pieces of newspaper.
  6. Take the container for face. Cover it with newspaper and paint that too. You can also make paper balls and stick it above the face to give the exact effect as in the picture.
  7. Slide the rolls into the thread. Tie it on one end and paste the head on the other.
  8. Attach paper shreds to the rolls. Paste the tongue.
  9. Decorate the dragon with feathers and pom-pom balls.

This ‘super fun to do’ activity can be done in groups of friends to make it more joyful and easy.

Drum-rolls, please !!

Image source / Tutorial: 4crazykings

As a child, many of us have been fond of musical toys and drum beats.

Here’s a craft idea to revive those and moments and make new memories.

Materials required:

  1. A stick (refer to the picture)
  2. Thermocol sheets
  3. Colorful ribbons
  4. Jewelry wire
  5. Small clay balls
  6. Paint
  7. Brush
  8. Hard Plastic sheet
  9. Marker

How to make it?

  1. Take the thermocol sheets and cut two circles of radius 3 cm each
  2. Cut smalls rectangular boxes which can be used to paste at the sides in between the circles cut out (giving the required effect)
  3. Cut the circles from inside leaving an outside circumference 0.5 cm
  4. Paste the plastic sheets on both the circles.
  5. Insert the stick from the bottom of the drum.
  6. Fold the jewelry wire and attach the clay balls on one end.
  7. Insert the other to the drum sides.
  8. Tie the ribbons to make the drum look more attractive.

You can play with it or keep it as a show-piece.

Use it the way you want.

Shine and Shimmer

Image source / Tutorial: artsymomma

Make your house look amazing in the Chinese way.

These lanterns can make any place look beautiful by just being there. Place it in your drawing room, or dining table or study table, it will add glow to that place.

Materials required:

  1. Glass jars
  2. Red paint/Red thin transparent paper
  3. Golden liquid glitter tube
  4. Transparent glue

How to make it?

  1. Take the glass jars. If you have the paper,cover the jars with the paper and make the sign with the help of a golden liquid glitter tube.
  2. Or else you can use red paint to cover the jar and make the sign with the glitter tube.
  3. Place the small wax candles inside the jar.

The place will be lightened in a soothing glow with the shimmer of glitter reflecting on the red background.

Let’s mask it!

Image source / Tutorial: pinkstripeysocks

Masks are multipurpose, super easy and fun to make items.

They find their utilization everywhere, be it a fest, a gala event, or  in birthday parties.

Let’s make it!

Materials required:

  1. Cardboard
  2. Paper
  3. Paint
  4. Brush

How to make it?

  1. Make the above figure on a piece of paper, paint it.
  2. Paste it on the cardboard.
  3. And cut the required shapes for the eyes and nose.
  4. You can add/paste strings.

You can make many of such masks and play around with your friends.

Go on, hide and seek.

We’ll bring good luck to you!

Image source / Tutorial: china-family-adventure

The money plant is considered lucky if kept in the house. Add little beauty and  light  to this luck and make your lives and houses glow.

Materials required:

  1. Battery operated candles
  2. Red transparent and firm paper
  3. Golden papers
  4. Golden ribbon
  5. Scoring tool
  6. Scissors
  7. Glue

How to do it?

  1. Take the paper. Fold 0.5 cm from one end to facilitate folding.
  2. Divide the paper into 4 rectangles
  3. Using a scoring tool, divide the paper further into 16 squares.
  4. For the 3D effect further scoring is required.
  5. Now cut the last column squares in order to fold it in the shape of a lantern.
  6. Decorate it with golden strips.
  7. Embellish it with golden ribbons.

These lanterns will certainly give you the authentic Chinese culture feel.

Rainbow Dragon

Image source / Tutorial: baabaabeep

Who needs a superhero when one has such a majestic dragon?

Want to click a picture with our superhero dragon?

Why wait then? Let’s do it!

Materials required:

  1. Ice-cream sticks
  2. Colored papers
  3. Glitter paints
  4. Black marker

How to make it?

  1. For the body of the dragon,take the colored papers. Place your hand on it and trace it out. Cut the paper along the tracing of your hand.
  2. Draw the head of the dragon on a white sheet of paper and cut it out. Color it using glitter paints and outline to highlight the features.
  3. Paste these cut outs in a fashion as given in the diagram.
  4. Paste the ice-cream stick on the back side of the figure as shown in the diagram above.

And there you have your rainbow dragon who can give you the absolute chills and make making crafts both fun and exciting.

Fantastic Beats

Image source / Tutorial: giftofcuriosity

The beats of a hand drum echo like the memories of childhood.

Reliving such moments and making new memories is what life is all about.

So,come on board with us and we will make sure you take back great memories and ideas.

Materials required:

  1. 2 hard paper cups
  2. Paints
  3. Thread/Wire
  4. Small bells
  5. Colored papers
  6. Scissors
  7. Glue

How to do it?

  1. Take the two cups. Color them with a red paint.
  2. Take the colored papers and draw the figures given above for decoration on the cups. Paint the cut outs. And cut them once they dry up.
  3. Paste the figures on the colored cups.
  4. Take the thread and attach the bells on one side of the thread. Prepare two such strings.
  5. Assemble the cups, stick and the threads. Paste the stick on the lower part of the cups and strings on the side as shown in the above diagram.

We are good to go now with rolling drums and refreshing craft ideas.

Customize your drums to your own childhood memories.

We are in full bloom!

Image source / Tutorial: pandahall

Couldn’t take your eyes off this flower?

Then, why miss the opportunity of gazing it as long as you want?

Join us in making these beautiful flowers, with love.

Materials required:

  1. Red thread(thick and shiny ones)
  2. Designed beads.
  3. A white stone/bead

How to do it?

  1. Take the thread, fold it in a way of making a loop. Tie a knot. Pass the looped thread through the knot forming a pattern for the petals.
  2. Follow this pattern again and again taking the shape of a flower.
  3. Once done with the pattern, tie a knot. Slide in the bead (patterned) from the other end of the flower. Tie another knot. Now take the two parts of the thread individually. Slide in the beads and tie a knot again.
  4. Stick the white bead in the center i.e. the bud of the flower.

You can make a complete bunch of such flowers of different colors and decorate it in a basket or you can hang them at your bedside.

Either way, they will make your day better.

Train the Dragon Glasses!

Image source / Tutorial: creatingcreatives

Take all your tickets  and jump in. We are about to leave on an enthralling journey of making great items of craft from easy ideas.

Ready? Come on in.

Materials required:

  1. Reusable paper glasses
  2. Paint
  3. Golden glitter
  4. Golden decoration strip
  5. An egg cover box or any hard cover box or cardboard for the face of the train
  6. Glue

How to do it?

  1. Take the glasses and paint them.
  2. Use the hard cover box to cut out the face and head of the dragon train.
  3. Leave the spaces for the eyes and other parts of the face.
  4. Decorate the trains using golden glitter and golden strips.

Enjoyed the ride?

We hope you did and would travel with us again for more of such amazing and easy craft ideas.

How you doin’, friend?

Image source / Tutorial: brassyapple

Books have been stated as Man’s best friend. Gift your friend a cute bookmark which would make you visit the book more often.

This cute bookmark will ensure that you have a merry time reading.

Materials required:

  1. Colored papers (  Grass Green, Dark green, Pink, Dark pink, White)
  2. Black marker
  3. Sketch pens
  4. Scale
  5. Scissors
  6. Glue

How to do it?

  1. Draw a square of 7*7 on a dark green paper.
  2. Draw 2 such squares adjacent to it. (one on the left and one above)
  3. Cut the side squares diagonally in such a way that they fold over each other.
  4. Paste the edges of the folds.
  5. Draw the parts of the face on the colored papers as shown in the diagram.
  6. Cut and stick them on the bookmark.
  7. With the help of a marker draw the eyes and use sketches for the further touch ups.

Mark your best reads with such beautiful bookmarks. An amazing gift for all the bibliophiles out there.

Rainbow Dragon

Image source / Tutorial: hattifant

Nature is a gift of God to the mankind and how beautiful can it be!

The fine textures used in making this dragon is worth noticing.

Materials required:

  1. Sketch pens/Colored pencils as suitable
  2. White chart paper
  3. Scissors

How to make it?

  1. Take the chart paper and draw the entire length of dragon.
  2. Draw the designs on the dragon. ( You can use your own ideas for the designs and textures)
  3. Color the dragon’s body the way you want.
  4. Fold it in the shape of a crawling dragon.

This piece of craft will enhance your drawing as well as painting skills. It is a must try craft idea.

Dragon that blows colors

Image source / Tutorial: pinkstripeysocks

It’s always encouraging and challenging to try out new methods and styles of any form of art. Painting stands no different. Try out these amazing pieces of craft using blow pen effect or straw blow effect.

Materials required:

  1. White chart paper
  2. Paint colors
  3. A straw
  4. Blow pens
  5. Scissors
  6. Glue

How to make it?

  1. Take a white chart paper. Put your hand above it and trace it.
  2. With the help of a straw, make the straw blow effect on the paper and cut out the tracings.
  3. For the head part draw the figure of the head on a piece of paper and paint them using blow pens.
  4. Cut it out.
  5. Assemble the head and then the hand tracing cuts and the hands and the back end of the dragon.
  6. Paste the assembled part in the order as shown.

You can use these as bookmarks or hangings or paste them on walls. They will add to the beauty in whichever way you use.

Myriad Canopy

Image source / Tutorial: unsophisticook

Oh! How beautiful do these look!

I wish I could have a plethora of them as my collections.

If this thought has crossed your minds, we are there for you.

Let’s make these beautiful canopies together.

Materials required:

  1. Designed colorful papers
  2. Scissors
  3. Ruler

How to make it?

  1. Cut the papers to a desired length.
  2. Cut a small strip of it but leave some space in the middle to enable folding.
  3. Now fold the rest of the part as shown in the diagram.

Your canopies are good to be placed in your collection box or you can develop various ideas to play with your friends using these canopies. They are real fun to play with.

Embellish your walls

Image source / Tutorial: kixcereal

If you are still thinking of how to decorate the empty space on your walls, we have certainly got you covered. These 10 minutes wall hangings are sure to capture the heart of everyone who looks at it.

Materials required:

  1. A paper plate
  2. Yellow paper
  3. Yellow paint
  4. Red glitter foam paper (Normal paper will also do)
  5. Thin off white shiny ribbons
  6. Scissors
  7. Glue

How to make it?

  1. Take the paper plate. Color it with yellow paint.
  2. Cut 3 rectangular pieces of the red foam paper according to the sizes of the plate and ribbon. Refer to the diagram for the pieces of foam to be cut.
  3. Accordingly, take measurements and cut the yellow paper too.
  4. Paste the yellow paper on the red paper.
  5. Draw on it as shown in the figure above.
  6. Use the ribbons to assemble all of the parts in the form of a wall hanging.
  7. For the lower most decoration, cut 5 equal lengths of ribbon and paste them from behind.

You can make as many as you want of different shapes and give your home a new look.

Pixie dust is peeping through

Image source / Tutorial: letsgoflyakiteuptothehighestheight

This card is an exemplary piece to demonstrate the Chinese culture.

Materials required:

  1. A golden sheet
  2. Scissors
  3. Paint
  4. Black Markers
  5. A printed sheet preferably a print as shown above

How to make it?

  1. Take the printed sheet. Draw the pattern as shown. You can draw any other pattern as per your liking. Cut the pattern with precision.
  2. Paint figures around the pattern. Try using features/ object that depict the purpose of your drawing or enhancing the Chinese culture.
  3. Use black markers to highlight them.
  4. Paste the printed paper on a golden paper.

See, the golden pixie dust is watching you, peeping through your favorite design.

Pom-Pom Cartoons

Image source / Tutorial: learningandexploringthroughplay

We have come across so many imaginative figures and cartoons which leave a lasting impact in our brains. These super cute and adorable pom pom figures are the ultimate replica of what one should have made some time in their craft classes.

Materials required:

  1. Colored papers
  2. Pom pom balls
  3. Eye shaped beads
  4. Scissors

How to make it?

  1. Take three colored papers. Make cylindrical tubes out of it of a size that you prefer.
  2. Take other three-four colored papers and cut out long and little wide strips for the lower part of the toy as shown in the figure.
  3. Paste the strips to the interior side of the cylindrical tube.
  4. On the front part, paste the pom pom balls for eyes and nose.
  5. Paste the eye shaped beads on the pom pom
  6. Make it as colorful as possible.

Make bunches and bundles of these. Gather your friends around and make for each other and decorate each other’s place with these beautiful, attractive and easy to make toys.

A lot of ‘fans’

Image source / Tutorial: buggyandbuddy

These small, cute and adorable hangings are something you can easily make without any hassle and with the minimum material requirement.

Materials required:

  1. Colored papers
  2. Thread
  3. Scissors
  4. Glue

How to make it?

  1. Cut rectangular sheets(2 sheets for 1 piece of the craft shown in the figure) of paper. (Prefer taking small lengths, supposedly 10*12 cm) and a circle for the above attachment.
  2. Fold the paper in the form of a fan.
  3. Depress and fold the fan from the middle.
  4. Paste two fans together from the middle. Expand the folds.
  5. Paste the circle in a folded manner on one end as shown in the picture.
  6. Attach a thread to the topmost part of it and tie a knot to the thread so that it can be suspended or hanged.

Ah! Wasn’t that a very easy one?

Great going, friends! It’s been great to try all of these out and I highly recommend all the viewers to try at least something out of these great Chinese New Year Crafts.

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Come forward, make these items and invite your friends and cousins to try them out. It will certainly be an enriching experience for all of them.

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Anushka Agarwal: Student of Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce,Pune, pursuing Bachelor's in Commerce with a specialisation in ACCA. I have a keen interest in reading and writing. Poetry and painting amazes me.