Ring in the Year of the Tiger with Craft Activities

Celebrate Lunar New Year with fun virtual activities designed for the whole family!

A photograph of a child making crafts at a table

Our Junior Craft Master getting ready to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Happy Lunar New Year! In 2022, the Chinese Zodiac celebrates the Year of the Tiger. 

Lunar New Year is traditionally a time to join with friends and family in a big celebration. We invite you to visit our Lunar New Year Family Zone for a variety of fun activities including crafts, festive coloring pages featuring artworks from our collection, and spectacular videos highlighting Lunar New Year traditions and customs. There is fun for the whole family!  

Check out some of our favorite Lunar New Year crafts below and create beautiful masterpieces at home to share with loved ones both near and far. 

Tiger mask made out of a paper plate

 Tiger Mask

Supplies needed: 

  • Paper plate  
  • Orange construction paper  
  • Black construction paper  
  • Orange paint  
  • Black marker  
  • Glue  
  • Scissors  
  • Popsicle stick (optional)  

Instructions: 

- Paint the entire bottom of the paper plate orange and let it dry.  

- Cut two triangles out of the orange construction paper for the ears. Then use the black marker to color a thick strip on the outside edge of the ears.   

- Poke a pencil or pen through the spots on the plate where you want the eye holes to be. Then use scissors to make these holes big enough to look through.  

- Using the black marker, draw the tiger’s nose, mouth, and whiskers.  

- For the tiger's stripes, cut out thin triangles from the black construction paper. Make as many as you would like.  

- Glue the triangle stripes around the edge of the plate, with the pointy ends facing inward.  

- Take the two triangle ear pieces and space them apart on the edge of the plate, then glue them into place.  

- Glue the popsicle stick to the bottom of the mask for a handle.  

- Try on your mask and let out a roar to celebrate the new year! 

 

a paper lantern

Paper Prosperity Lantern 

Supplies needed: 

  • 1 sheet of red construction paper 
  • Scissors 
  • Glue Stick 

Instructions: 

- Turn your construction paper so it lays horizontally (long side toward you) in front of you. 

- Cut off a one-inch-wide strip from one of the short ends and set it aside. 

- Fold the remaining large sheet of paper in half from short end to short end, crease well. 

- Cut 1-inch strips on the crease toward the open end but stop 1 inch before the end. Do not cut off any strips of paper but leave it all connected. 

- When you are finished cutting, open the paper up and glue the long ends together. 

- Glue the strip you cut to the top as a handle. 

- Hang your lantern.