Busy Hands: Chinese Good Luck Ornament

Chinese New Year is on February 19, and I thought we must commemorate this bright and colourful occasion with a craft of our own. This is the Year of the Sheep, and we've already shared our painted cotton sheep craft.

While looking for inspiration for a Chinese New Year themed craft, I learned so much about Chinese culture and it's many symbols. A few important things associated with this festival are lanterns, the Chinese dragon, fruits (especially mandarins) and cherry blossoms. I also got Little Dude involved by showing him photos of Chinese decorations and a video of the Chinese Dragon dance. Of course, he wanted to make the dragon soon after (we're working on that)!

I decided to make a Chinese Good Luck ornament, which you may have seen in souvenir shops or a Chinese festival. They come in many designs and shapes from simple, to complicated with lots of symbols (such as fishes, or bats) and calligraphy. But all of them have one thing in common, which is the Chinese character for good luck called 'fu'.

Chinese Good Luck Ornament - a craft for kids to make at Chinese New Year.

This is what a Good Luck Ornament generally looks like:

Ours is much simpler, and there's a toddler version too!

Here are the materials you need to make the Chinese Good Luck Ornament:

- Thick cardboard

- Red and yellow craft paper

- Coloured yarn (yellow, red, green, golden)

- Gold glitter glue

This is how you can make it:

1. Cut out a square (about 10 cm) from the red craft paper, and stick on to a thick cardboard of the same size.

2. Cut out two crescent shapes from red paper and decorate with gold glitter. Stick them on to the sides of the square as shown below.

3. Cut out the 'fu' symbol from the yellow paper (or gold foil paper, if you have it). This is what it looks like:

Chinese Good Luck Ornament craft for kids.

4. Cut small segments of the yarn. Use red and yellow (or gold). Fold them into loops and tape them on to the back. I made 12 double loops, but you can also make them single in only red.

5. Cut out longer segments of different coloured yarn to put at the base of the ornament like a tassel. Secure them with tape. I also added a red paper ring around them.

6. Add another yarn segment at the top for hanging. You can even braid it loosely with red and yellow like I did.

Chinese Good Luck Ornament craft for kids to make at Chinese New Year.

This version is more suitable for older kids, but we also made a toddler version of the ornament. I gave Little Dude another square with different shapes for him to stick on to it. He was happy to have made one of his own, and then I helped him make the yarn loops and tassel.

Chinese Good Luck Ornament - toddler craft for Chinese New Year.

This craft is bound to be fun as a group activity or individually, and can also be modified to suit different ages. It's also a great way to explore and introduce the Chinese culture.

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Louise George said...

Love the Chinese good luck ornament - what a great idea for a craft activity - we might have to give this one a go :-)

Tarana said...

Thanks Louise, hope you have fun making it!

Merlinda Little said...

One of the thing that I miss so much is the Chinese New Year in Manila. In here its not celebrated at all. In Manila they have dragon dance in every corner. Thanks looks so amazing. Its half term too so we have time to do this =) #letkidsbekids

Sara (@mumturnedmom) said...

Great activity, and a lovely thing to make too. It's February vacation here, so I'm looking for activities! #pintorials

Tarana said...

I wish I could witness it too, since it's not so big here either.

Tarana said...

Thanks Sara!

Eileen Teo said...

This is brilliant! So beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us #Pintorials

we3threeblog said...

wow thats brilliant, love it #minicreations

Eli J. Pacheco said...

Very cool. With snow and ice days keeping my kids out of school, this is the kind of craft that can keep them occupied for a while. And they'll learn in the process.

(Bet they ask me to get Chinese for dinner, too.)

Karen Bell said...

They look great to make. I love chinese symbols.
Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

Tarana said...

Thanks Eileen!

Tarana said...

The Chinese dinner would be great!

Mike said...

Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family, Tarana! :) You did a fantastic job with the decoration just as you do with all of your DIY projects! I heard about omamori's (good luck charms) just recently so I want one!! Have a great day!! :)

domesstique said...

Happy new year, Tarana! I love your good luck ornament. x

abigail said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai! This remind me so much of my junior school days where I get to celebrate Chinese New Year with friends.

kidGLloves said...

Lucas says - Wow!! I learnt loads from you guys about the Chinese New Year. It was really interesting and definitely makes the food even more yummier when you know a bit more about the people! Your Good Luck ornament is amazing - awesome work! Thanks for linking to #minicreations

Tarana said...

Thank you, Lucas. I learned a lot while making this too!

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