Lunar and Chinese New Year Crafts

It’s time to celebrate Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year! Discover all kinds of fun and easy Lunar New Year crafts for kids. From roaring Chinese dragons to beautiful paper lantern decorations, we have just the craft ideas for your children to celebrate the occasion.

Compared to the Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year/Chinese New Year falls on a slightly different date each year, because the year follows the lunar calendar – usually in late January or early February.

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Lunar New Year is widely celebrated in many Asian countries, of which Lunar New Year is one of the most famous occasions. Lunar New Year begins on the day the new moon appears from January 21 to February 20; This is the most important holiday in Chinese culture and it is celebrated accordingly.

Chinese New Year Crafts for Kids

Are you ready to get crafty? Explore these fun ideas and get your kids excited.

1. Lunar New Year Blank Paper Plate

DIY handmade Chinese New Year drum

It’s time to get loud! Let the kids make these simple paper plate drums to enjoy the celebration.

See instructions for playing Lunar New Year drums here

2. Chinese dragon puppet

Chinese dragon puppetry printable

These dragon puppets are one of our all-time favorite projects. Easy to make and easy to personalize as kids can color them however they see fit.

Check out the instructions and samples.

3. Chinese Dragon paper plate

Paper Plate Chinese Dragon Ideas

Paper plates can also be used to make gorgeous Chinese dragons! And what’s even better is that your kids can make it in such a way that they can use their creations as a puppet to play with.

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See instructions here

4. Talking clothespin puppet

Chinese New Year dragon clothespin puppet

They are so easy to make and so fun to play with! We really adore these Moon Dragon clothespin puppets. With four different dragon designs, your kids will play with them for hours. And they can color it themselves!

See Chinese Dragon clothespin puppets

5. Paper lanterns

Paper lantern craft ideas

Paper lanterns are indispensable when it comes to this celebration. There are many ways you and your kids can do it, and we think this one looks pretty fun!

Instructions coming soon

6. Handmade moon cupcake liners

DIY Chinese Dragon Craft Cupcake Liners

These dragons are known for their long, almost snake-like bodies and this is why cupcake liners are perfect for making a dragon! Your child can use any color they like or choose more traditional colors. Folding or cutting cupcake liners in half will help them easily form dragon bodies.

7. Fire-breathing dragon art

Chinese dragon breathing profession

A craft with paper swirls of fire coming out of a dragon’s mouth? Yes, please! This project is perfect for making a classroom display.

See samples and instructions here

8. Scroll Moon Dragon

Another fun craft perfect for decorating your home or classroom! Decorated with a swirling dragon shape. These spiral paper rolls will spin in the air, looking amazing. We’ve created several different designs to color (or use pre-colored designs) as well as a blank design for your child to create unique patterns.

See full instructions here

9. Festive pop-up cards

Chinese dragon popup card template

If your child likes to hand out cards, this is the right choice! Creating (and receiving) pop-up cards is super fun.

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Check out our Chinese dragon pop up card

10. Chinese Dragon toilet roll

Make your own Chinese Dragon toilet paper roll

Let your kids turn a regular toilet paper roll into a ferocious dragon. Paint the roll, decorate and cut into spirals. Add more finishing steps and you’re done.

11. Simple moon dragon craft

DIY Chinese Dragon Paper Plate

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