Our DIY Craft
Our DIY Craft
This year, we are making another version of paper lantern which is slightly round with hard paper as bottom tassel. It is simple, elegant and easy to make.
As part of Chinese New Year DIY craft activity, we decided to do something useful by making a basket out of recycled ang pow packets. Depending on the sizes of the ang pows you can get, the base of the basket can be designed accordingly.
For the sample here, we used a 8 cm angle hexagon as a base. Template can be downloaded here. It's best recommended to use a thicker cardboard as the base so it is more stable to support whatever it is you plan to use the basket for. When you have the base cut out from the cardboard, you can start arranging the ang pow packets according to the shape of the base, then open up the ang pow flap and glue it one by one under the base. Once the ang pows are glued to the base, we will start sticking all ang pows together at every joining edge using transparent tape.
Since it is year of the Monkey, we are making lots of monkey related crafts. One of the kids' favorites is the wooden monkey rattle with the monkey face made from air dry clay. Why is it all-time favorite because the rattle itself is a noise maker, while the clay which feel as though they are playing with play dough!
Here's another variation of paper Chinese New Year lantern that is relatively low cost and easy to do. All you need is just a thicker red cardboard paper. You can print out the template on the red cardboard paper, cut and fold it according to the lines and your lantern is done! Of course, you might want to decorate it with colorful sequins of different shapes to make it more attractive.