You can save plenty of money if you know how to make Chinese New Year decorations yourself. Those little red envelopes don't stuff themselves, you know!
To make Chinese New Year Decorations, you'll need:
- Red and gold fabric
- Red and gold ribbon
- Red construction paper
- Gold spray paint
- Black or gold paint
- Red paper
Know the colors: Red and gold are featured prominently in Chinese New Year decorations. Starting your decorating for the celebration can be as easy as buying red and gold fabric from a craft store and using it to adorn tables, chairs, mantles, etc. You can also use leftover Christmas ribbons in red and gold to tie the fabric.
Light with lanterns. It's easy to make paper lanterns as decorations for the Chinese New Year. Fold a piece of red construction paper in half the long way, then use a pair of scissors to make parallel cuts along the folded side (make sure not to cut the paper all the way through). Unfold the paper, and glue the short edges together. Glue a piece of yarn to hang the lantern by. To light the lanterns, attach to a string of LED Christmas lights.
Spray with gold. Make your Chinese New Year celebrations feel richer by utilizing gold spray paint. Chances are you have old stools, bowls, tables, or other items lying around that could do with some sprucing up (if not, check out the local thrift store for such items). Take items outdoors on a non-windy day, place on newspaper, and cover with a few layers of spray paint. You can update your décor and celebrate the Chinese New Year in one fell swoop!
Write it down. Chinese characters can make an exotic addition to your Chinese New Year decorating scheme. Find an example of the character you want online, practice a few times on scrap paper, then paint the character with black paint on red fabric or construction paper.
Tip: If you don't want to use gold spray paint, buy some gold foil at a craft store and use it to wrap small objects.
Lanterns (these are Japanese but use the technique)