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.
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?
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!