We love Chinese New Year crafts and we are thrilled to be crafting again for the Year of the Horse in a few weeks time! This year we have been looking forward to making some Chinese decorations! I’ve decided to round-up of the different things we have done for Chinese New Year so far here on Peakle Pie.
We loved making our dragon last year with some paper plates so Peakles asked if we could make some more decorations using paper plates. She remembered that red and gold are lucky colours and chose them to make our decorations with.
Peakles added dabs and swirls of paint to her paper plates and then folded them in half. We placed them in a warm place so that they could dry over night.
We also made a Chinese New Year hand print canvas because Peakles hands were covered in gold and red paint! Peakles placed her hands on the spare blank canvas I had picked up from the pound (dollar) store to make some lovely prints.
She then took a piece of pasta that she had dipped into the gold paint and made some lovely marks on the canvas!
I must admit this is one of my most favourite hand print works she has made so far!
Once the paper plates were dry we decided to make two artworks out of them. The first was going to be a simple drum or kite decoration.
We took the paper plate and added red ribbon to the top for hanging. Then we added three ribbons to the bottom of the plate. Peakles threaded red and gold painted pasta tubes onto these ribbons. I think this is such a simple craft to make and very striking too.
The next paper plate looked to me a little like a horse so we made a Chinese New Year Horse puppet with it.
I traced a basic horse shape (based on a knight chess piece) on one side of the fold. I then folded the plate in half and cut it out.
We then added googly eyes, drew on some nostrils and stuck a lollipop stick onto the inside part of the horse’s head. We then stuck it down with glue.
Finally we added some cut out, ribbed cardboard to make a beautiful golden mane. Peakles thinks it is fabulous and we are taking it with us to the Chinese celebrations this year to show the Chinese fortune tellers!
Last year, the Year of the Snake, Peakles was old enough to start making some decorations and we had lots of great fun. It also helped us understand the stories connected with the celebrations. We found out why red is such an important colour and why firecrackers are used! We made dragons, lucky money envelopes and lots of snakes!
We have celebrated Chinese New Year for many years now and for the past ten years we have attended our local celebrations too! So join in and try out some of the craft ideas here and on some of these fabulous sites as well.
For a similar horse puppet idea then have a look at Red Ted Art’s Unicorn!
New Year Horse from Pink Oddy
Remember to look out for our new photographs from the 2014 celebrations in our gallery too!
KUNG HEY FAT CHOY