How to Make a Chinese New Year Lucky Fish


We really enjoyed making these Chinese New Year Lucky Fish!  I must admit we enjoy Chinese New Year even more than the 1st of January because it is such a great family focused celebration.  We love the drama, the food and the festivities and every year we make an effort to go out and celebrate the New Year.

This year I decided that we would make some colourful lucky fish to decorate our home with.  They are easy to make and the kids loved helping to make them too!

Chinese New Year Lucky Fish WItty Hoots

The Materials You Will Need

  • card or a paper plate
  •  tissue paper
  • glue
  • pencil
  • red thread or ribbon
  • scissors
  • picture of a coy carp fish & (tracing paper if needed)
  • gold & black marker pens


How to Make Your Lucky Fish

First copy or trace the picture of the coy carp fish onto the paper plate or cardboard, and carefully cut it out.  Next tear up the tissue paper and glue it onto the fish shape.  Continue to layer the tissue paper until the cardboard is covered.  Leave to dry and then repeat on the other side.   Once the fish is fully dried add black marker dots for eyes and add scales and fin details with the gold marker.  Finally make a small hole in the fish and add the thread or ribbon to hang it up by.

We made a whole host of colourful fish and plan to hang them around the house for Chinese New Year!

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More Chinese New Year Ideas


What are you doing for Chinese New Year?  Need some inspiration?

 In The Playroom a musical Chinese New Year Shaker Craft
Play & Learn Everyday shared these festive Chinese New Year Mini Lanterns
Simple Fun for Kids shared a great game with Chinese New Year I Spy Game
KiddyCharts shared these wonderful Dragon colouring pages

Year of Monkey Ideas

the gingerbread house shared a cute Chinese New Year paper plate monkey
Kidz Activities shared this awesome Monkey Paper Bag Puppet
Creative World of Varya shared this adorable Year of the Monkey Door Hanger
Mama Smiles shared some favourite Monkey Picture Books


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