Sunday, February 7, 2010

Chinese New Year Banner Craft

The simplest of crafts to start your year lucky!


1. red square of paper, preferably about 8x8 (8 is a lucky number!) but can be any size
2. gold paint
3. paintbrush

1. Paint a simple single line border about a half inch from the edge of you paper with the gold paint.

2. Turn your paper so it makes a diamond shape, not a square. Copying the character found HERE, paint the Chinese word for luck (FU) in the center.

3. Before New Year's Eve tape your banner right side up on your door to welcome in luck!

After New Year's Eve, turn your banner upside down:

because in Chinese the "reversed fu" is homophonic with "fu dao le" pronounced as "fu comes." The upside down fu becomes a pun that means "good fortune has arrived!"