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Monday, January 18, 2010

Chinese New Year Crafts

Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, happens to be the biggest and the longest of all Chinese holidays. With Chinese New Year being just a few more weeks away, you're probably looking for some arts and crafts stuff you could with your daughter.

Here's a picture of one of my favorite Chinese New Year crafts that will surely give your daughter hours of fun! And you know what else would be fun? Your daughter making this project in a girls Chinese dress!

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This paper cut is the Symbol of Spring. If you hang it upside down, it means spring arrived.

Material Needed:

Qty 1 - Sheet 8 1/2 x 11 colored paper

Qty 1 - Double Sided Tape, 1" long

Qty 12 Inches, Red Ribbon, 1" or so wide

Tools Needed:

Scissors

Instructions:

1. Get Red or other colored paper, 8 1/2 x 11

2. Cut the paper so it is a square 8 1/2 by 8 1/2 (an option is print out the diagram below on the colored paper to make the project easier).

3. Fold the paper in half, from corner to corner to make a triangle.

First Fold - Chinese Paper Cut of Spring Character

4. Repeat, folding paper in half to make a smaller triangle (Quarter Size).

Second Fold - Chinese Paper Cut of Spring Character
Fold Again (eighth)
Third Fold - Chinese Paper Cut of Spring Character

5. Cut using this Template .

6. Cut the tip of the cutting to create a hole for the ribbon.

7. On the ribbon, using a scissors edge, shred the bottom 10 inches to create a string type.

Ribbon - Chinese Paper Cut of Spring Character

8. Create a loop at the top of the ribbon and tie a not 1" below the top of the loop.

9. Thread string through center of paper cut (hint, using some type of hook thread such as a pen cap, thread the shredded part through the hole).

10. Attach double sided tape to bottom of paper cut inside to shredded Red Ribbon and paper.

11. Hang in your house.

Okay, so that's about it. Now you know how to make a Chinese Spring Symbol. That wasn't so hard, was it? To learn more crafts for Chinese New Year, click here.


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