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Celebrate Chinese New Year The Crafty Way

Celebrate Chinese New Year The Crafty Way

Unlike our own New Year celebrations, the Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar – and this year, the festivities begin on Friday, February 16th. Chinese families will gather together for dinner on New Year’s Eve, and ensure their houses are well swept and cleaned, so there’s no bad fortune cluttering up the place on New Year’s Day!

If you fancy getting in the celebratory spirit, check out our crafty ideas on how you can get creative and embrace the Chinese New Year this February!

The Dragon Dance

A popular dance at New Year, this incredible display is produced by a team of dancers manipulating a long flexible dragon structure. Why? Because the Chinese believe that dragons bring luck – and the longer the dragon used in the dance, the more luck the community will enjoy that year!

At Create and Craft, we are big fans of the magnificent and the mythical, and the dragon can be found dotted throughout our crafts, across a number of  genres.

Amigurumi Dragon

If you’re a fan of crochet, you might like to check out this fantastic Big and Small Fantasy Bundle from Toft! Not only will you find an adorable little amigurumi dragon project inside, but you’ll also receive all the pure yarn wool and postcard patterns you need to create your own Pegasus, Nessie the Loch Ness Monster, and Chablis the unicorn! How’s that for magical?

Papercraft Dragon

Perhaps paercrafting is more your cup of tea, but you’re still keen to add a magnificent dragon or two to your crafting repertoire? Our Fairy Tale CD ROM from My Craft Studio is packed with countless classic motifs, from castles to dragons, and everything in between. The fantastic thing about this CD ROM is that it provides a never ending supply of mythical scene-building goodies, accessible whenever you need them, with just a few clicks! Create coordinating story books, greeting cards, party invites, scrap books and more – just print another batch of papers and designs every time you run out!

Artistic Dragon

Perhaps you’re a budding artist, but you’re too scared to attempt something as intricate and grand as a dragon? At Create and Craft, we have the perfect solution! Paul Bryn Davies’ ‘How to Draw Dragons‘ book is ideal for even the absolute beginner, and tackles drawing these majestic, mythical beasts line by line, shape by shape. You’ll be amazed at what you can produce!

The Lantern Festival

A symbol of prosperity and success, red lanterns are traditionally carried and hung during the Lantern Festival, which marks the final day of the Chinese New Year celebrations. In ancient times, the lanterns were relatively simple and straightforward creations, but in modern times, ornately embellished lanterns have become popular, as well as intricately shaped lanterns, like animal structures.
To add eye-catching lantern outlines and silhouettes to your own designs, this Lovely Lanterns Stamp Set from Hunkydory Crafts is just perfect. Lanterns come in all manner of shapes and sizes – and they’re all included right here! Discover 22 elements to stamp onto cards, scrapbook pages, home decor projects and more.  The simple outlines allow you the opportunity to get creative with coloured pens and inks, whilst the silhouettes will add instant impact.

Fancy Making Your Own Lantern?

Our stunning Twilight Enchanted Lantern Project Kit from Hunkydory is packed with all the intricately die cut elements you’ll need to create four of your own gorgeous 3D lanterns. There are lids, sides and base sheets, as well as acetate windows all included. Designs feature mystical wolves, playful pixies, elegant owls and more, so there is something for everyone!

Origami

Often associated with Japanese culture, many Chinese New Year decorations are created using traditional origami techniques.

Our Craftwork Cards Kimono Collection combines traditional origami paper folding techniques with contemporary designs, so you can create a variety of themed projects with ease. A step-by-step project sheet designed by Mary Gillingham is included – this features folding techniques and card ideas, so you’ll be inspired to get creative straight away!

Or perhaps you’re more of an origami purist? Then check out this stunning Origami Collection Printed Paper, from designer, Richard Garay. Richard is passionate about all things handmade, and this gorgeous collection includes 24 double-sided sheets featuring a variety of origami graphic patterns and abstract decorative patterns. Not only could you use these sheets in origami projects themselves, but you could also utilise the origami prints to add an origami theme to cards, stationary, scrapbook pages and more!

2018: The Year of The Dog

In Chinese astrology, each year is assigned a zodiac animal – and 2018 is the Chinese Year of the Dog.

What better way to embrace the canine theme, than by creating your very own four-legged friend this year?

Our lovely friends at TOFT have put together a range of kits enabling you to create adorable amigurumi buddies – and we’ve selected our two favourite canine cuddlies to showcase here today! Meet Rosie the Daschund, and Saxon the Cocker Spaniel! Enjoy the opportunity to get creative followed by cuddles on tap… with no need to walk and feed!

Chinese New Year is celebrated by a quarter of the world! Will you be joining in this year? Let us know in the comments!

 

 



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