Chinese art and design is a huge passion and style influence for many. Tonight is Chinese New Year’s Eve (CNY), and it’s time to celebrate, give gifts, and decorate. Here are my favorite projects gathered for you.
These projects, based on CNY traditions, vary in skill level needed—some are for the kids, some are quick and easy, and some take a little more time and love.
Pick one and get started.
One of the most commonly recognized and highly regarded symbols of China is the enduring red lantern. Here’s a classic one, followed by some with creative twists. The kids can make them too.
FYI, you don’t have to fold it in the center and cut with scissors. If you want it to curve out like the picture above, lay the paper out flat, mark lines with a ruler and pencil, and cut with a craft knife against the ruler.
Chinese Lantern Garland
Here’s a pretty little DIY version of the Chinese lantern you an try, you could even hook them up with fairy lights for the night. The carefully explained instructions and photo guide are in this link at AOLife.com.
Chinese Lantern Tea-Lights
Print out your favorite Chinese paper from this website (or use your own), cut, and stick on to a little glass tea-light jar. Boom.
Make Your Own Chinese Print Art
This is an excellent idea, that if you are just a little bit artistic, you could pull off. You can print your own cards, wall art, t-shirts, canvas bags…start a printing factory, make millions.
If you make a tiny one—say 1″ by 1″, you’ve made your own Chinese chop! Boom. Time to start signing your name in style. (Glue it on the end of a little wood block and use an ink pad).
Here’s the link to show you how.
1. Cut the square top off a foam take-out container.
2. Use pencil to carve out your design (maybe copy a picture you like) like a goat, since 2015 is the year of the goat/sheep in the Chinese lunar calendar.
3. Use a paint roller and preferably screen print paint (head to the art supply shop for those) or any paint really.
4. Start printing. You should definitely do some practice runs first before printing onto the actual project/good paper etc.
DIY Paper Fortune ‘Cookies’
Here’s the instructions link.
These are fun, classy, and easy to personalize for your guests—special messages and heart felt encouragement for your loved ones will really set a good mood for the night, and for the year to come. It’s a tradition on CNY to speak only positive things to each other.
Chinese paper cutting has been around almost since they invented paper…here’s one to try—the Double Happiness character.
You could glue it to cards, hang them on the door, walls, and windows. Try some others as well from Marie Pastiche’s great blog.
Snowflake Chinese Paper Cut
Once you’re good at paper cutting, give this one a go. Just follow this picture, fold the circle of paper in half four times.
Fire-Breathing Chinese Dragon
This is a cute one for the kids. Once made, they blow through the tube and make it “breath” fire! The colorful little crepe paper blows in the wind.
The picture tutorial shows what to do, even though the instructions are in French. Looks like a little adult help will be needed. Instructions HERE.
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