Introduce Chinese tradition to your kids with this fun Firecracker craft.
In Chinese culture, firecrackers were used to scare away evil spirits and the legendary man-eating monster, Nian that comes to terrorize the villagers every New Year’s Eve.
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It is also a traditional way to welcome Chinese New Year. The loud noises symbolize bidding farewell to the old year and ushering in the new one with a fresh start.
Crafting cardboard firecrackers is the perfect fit for Chinese New Year festivities. Embrace the symbolic colors, red and gold, to signify good luck and prosperity.
This is a safe and eco-friendly way to capture the spirit of the holiday while engaging in a delightful and culturally resonant craft.
How to make cardboard firecrackers:
- Recycled cereal box
- Red paint
- Gold washi tape
- 4″ x 4″ red paper
- Gold poster board
- 20″ satin ribbon
- Glue gun and sticks
- Cricut (optional)
- Fú 福 Chinese character
- Cut the cardboard into six small squares (4 in x 4 in).
- Roll each square and close using hot glue.
- Paint the rolls with red paint.
- Once the paint is dry, attach the gold washi tape on both ends, leaving a small space from the edge.
- Using the Cricut, cut out the 福 Fú character (meaning blessing or good fortune) from the gold poster board.
- Or using scissors and pencil, trace the character first and then cut.
- Glue the 福 to the red paper (at an angle where the red paper will look like a diamond).
- Attach the cardboard rolls to the ribbon alternately starting from the bottom.
- Place the red paper a few inches above the first roll paper. Make sure you have extra ribbon left on the top to tie a knot.
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