3 Crafty Chinese New Year projects kids can do themselves

Feb 1, 2016 at 5:38 p.m. ET
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If you haven't celebrated the Chinese New Year with your family before, this could be your lucky year. The start of the Chinese New Year (February 8 this year) means the beginning of a new lunar calendar. And just like other traditional New Year's celebrations, it also means having a good time. Ringing in the Chinese New Year with food, fun, family  and a few festive crafts — can bring luck and good fortune, so pull out the crayons and paper, and get the kids crafting! 

Chinese paper lantern craft

Chinese paper lanterns
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What you'll need:

  • paper
  • scissors
  • tape
  • ruler
  • pencil

What you'll do:

  1. Fold the sheet of paper in half crosswise.
  2. Use your ruler to mark off lines that are 1-1/2 centimeters apart.
  3. Beginning at the fold, cut vertical lines at each mark, stopping about 1-inch from the edge of the paper.
  4. Unfold the paper, then tape the two long edges of the paper together to form a tube.
  5. Cut a strip of paper that is approximately 6-inches long and 1/2-inch wide. Tape the two ends of the strip inside the top of the lantern to form the handle.

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