20+ Amazing Chinese New Year Crafts for Kids

Have fun exploring these easy and fun Chinese New Year Crafts with your kids. Your kids will love learning about the Chinese New Year celebration and all the history and stories that come along with it!

Chinese New Year Crafts for kids

Chinese New Year marks the first new moon of the lunar calendars and is widely celebrated in Asian countries, including China and Taiwan. Growing up in Taiwan, I have fond memories of celebrating Chinese New Year with lots of food, crafts, and activities.

The start of a new year means a clean slate and a second chance for happiness. Perhaps this is why people of all cultures celebrate the New Year of their calendars so vibrantly. The Chinese New Year is no exception, as it is celebrated by more than 25% of the world’s population.

Did you know that most of the fireworks in the world are set off on the Chinese New Year’s Eve? I remember as a kid I would be running around with sparklers with my friends, making shapes in the dark by swinging our arms. This grand festival deserves celebration no matter where you live. One of the best ways you can teach your child about the Chinese New Year is to create some fun crafts to go along with a lesson.

Within the lesson, you can teach them about the history, meaning, and even the lunar calendar. Putting together a craft to go along with it will keep them engaged and interested in learning about the Chinese New Year celebration.

Chinese New Year Crafts that Your Kids will Enjoy

These fun and easy Chinese New Year crafts will make for a fun project no matter how old your children are. For early learners to older children, they will love creating these Chinese New Year’s crafts.

Fire Breathing Cardboard Tube Dragon Craft from Mombrite

Made from cardboard, this fire breathing dragon craft is easy for kids to make and will be a great way to bring in the Chinese New Year.

Fire-Breathing Chinese Dragon Craft

New Year Dragon Craft from Mombrite

Celebrate the lunar new year with this fun Chinese New Year craft. The dragon craft is made from cardboard tubes and turns into a puppet for fun play.

Chinese Dragon Craft

Chinese Dragon Masks from Kitchen Table Classroom

Kids will love creating their very own Chinese dragon masks with this free printable that they can color for the new year.

Chinese Dragon Masks

Chinese Paper Lanterns from Kitchen Table Classroom

Easy and fun to make, these Chinese paper lanterns will make for a fun craft project for the Chinese New Year.

Chinese Paper Lanterns

Chinese Dragon Puppets from My Poppet

Using only a few supplies and some creativity, this Chinese dragon puppet comes to life for the new year celebration.

Chinese Dragon Puppets

Chinese New Year Bookmark from My Poppet

Colorful and easy-to-make, this bookmark is a great craft to go along with Chinese New Year-related books. This craft is great for older children, but younger children will need a little help.

Chinese Book Mark Craft

Chinese New Year Garland from Craftbits

This fun craft will have the kids creating a Chinese New Year garland that looks like firecrackers for the celebration.

Chinese New Year Garland from

New Year Mini Firecracker from Craftbits

Mini M&M packages are turned into a fun Lunar new year craft with this easy-to-follow tutorial.

New Year Mini Firecracker from

Chinese New Year Mason Jars from Mod Podge Rocks

Turn regular mason jars into a fun Chinese New Year craft with tissue paper, paint, and Mod Podge.

Chinese New Year Mason Jars

Egg Carton Dragon Craft from I Heart Crafty Things

Recycle those leftover egg cartons into a fun craft for the new year with this easy egg carton dragon craft.


Cupcake Liner Dragon Craft from I Heart Craft Things

This easy to make dragon craft is made by using cupcake liners to create a fun and colorful dragon that makes the perfect Chinese New Year craft.

Cupcake Liner Dragon Craft

Chinese Dragon Craft for Kids from The Inspiration Edit

A fun Chinese New Year dragon craft that will have kids creating dragon masks, this craft will be a hit for the new year celebration.

Chinese Dragon Craft for Kids

Chinese Lantern Sun Catcher from The Gingerbread House

A fun craft activity for kids, this suncatcher comes in the form of a Chinese lantern to celebrate the new year.

Chinese Lantern Sun Catcher

Chinese Dragon Mask from Daisies and Pie

Another fun craft to make for the new year, this Chinese dragon mask is colorful and will be a great craft for the upcoming celebration.

Dragon Mask Craft

Lucky Envelopes from Diana Rambles

This fun craft includes a free printable that you can print on red paper and then have the kids make their own lucky envelopes.

Lucky Envelopes Image

Lucky Chinese Red Envelopes from Chalk Academy

This set of printable Chinese red envelopes give you different options of Chinese characters on the front of the envelope.

Chinese Money Envelopes Craft

Dragon Corner Bookmarks from Red Ted Art

The kids will love creating these fun dragon corner bookmarks. Once finished, they can use them to save their place in their favorite books.

Dragon Corner Bookmarks

Chinese New Year Dragon Puppet from Red Ted Art

Fun and colorful, this dragon turns into a new year puppet that the kids will love making and playing with.

Chinese New Year Dragon Puppet

Paper Plate Dragon Twirler from Red Ted Art

The perfect craft for preschoolers, this dragon twirler is made from a paper plate and will be a great way to celebrate the new year.

Paper Plate Dragon Twirler

Cheese Chinese Lanterns from Danya Banya

Using Babybel baby cheeses, you can make these cute little Chinese lanterns that double as a healthy snack.

Cheese Lanterns Craft

Coffee Filter Chinese Fan Craft from Happy Mothering

This DIY Chinese fan uses coffee filters and popsicle sticks. Your kids can decorate the fan with stamps and markers and maybe even draw the Chinese zodiac animal on it.

Coffee Filter Chinese Fan Craft

Paper Fortune Cookies from Messy Little Monster

Celebrate Chinese New Year with some authentic Chinese food and these paper fortune cookies.

Paper Fortune Cookies Craft

Chinese Paper Lantern Lights from Red Ted Art

These classic paper lanterns are fun and easy to make!

Chinese Paper Lantern Lights

Easy Cow Origami Envelope from Red Ted Art

A fun origami craft that the kids can make, this easy origami envelope can turn into a cow or an ox envelope for the year of the ox.

Easy Cow Origami Envelope

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