Amazing Chinese New Year craft ideas

Published on February 8, 2021 2 min read

February 12 marks the start of a new year in the lunar calendar, and 2021 is the Year of the Ox! Celebrate the occasion with our amazing round-up of Chinese New Year crafts. Decorations, fun animals from the Chinese zodiac, we’ve got loads of great Chinese New Year craft ideas to inspire you. Celebrated not just in China but in countries across the globe to welcome the Lunar New Year!

Chinese good luck charms

These two little characters carry a whole lot of meaning. The little lion symbolises the lion dance, a traditional dance in Chinese culture in which performers dress in a lion costume and mimic lion's movements to bring good luck and fortune. The lion dance is often performed during the Lunar New Year celebrations or at special events and ceremonies. 

The doll, named Caishen, is supposed to bring good luck and fortune. In Chinese mythology, Caishen is the god of wealth and money. Fortune dolls like this one are popular during Lunar New Year as they are thought to bring wealth and riches to everyone!

Chinese lanterns

One of the most popular symbols of Chinese New Year are the beautifully ornate Chinese lanterns. If you’re looking for the perfect Chinese New Year crafts for kids, the little crochet lanterns are great for competent little crocheters!

Make the animals of the zodiac

The Chinese zodiac is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal. We’ve rounded up our favourite patterns for each animal of the zodiac, along with their respective years. So for Chinese New Year, why not make yourself a keepsake to commemorate your year of birth? These fun crafts are perfect for celebrating Chinese New Year.

Rat

1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Ox

1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021. It’s the Year of the Ox, so we’ve got lots more ox patterns to inspire you!

Tiger

1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Rabbit

1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Dragon

1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Snake

1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

Horse

1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Goat

1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Monkey

1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Rooster

1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

Dog

1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

Pig

1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

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