HAPPY (CHI­NESE) NEW YEAR!

FamilyFun - - CREATE - BY KIM­BERLY STONEY

Some­times called the Lu­nar New Year or Spring Fes­ti­val, the Chi­nese New Year will be cel­e­brated on Fe­bru­ary 16. It’s a time to honor an­ces­tors, feast on tra­di­tional foods, and make fun projects with clas­sic sym­bols!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

• Reg­u­lar-size bal­loon

• 9-oz. pa­per cup

• Clear tape

• 12x12-inch card­stock

• Col­or­ful pa­per scraps/card­stock

• Craft glue

• Hot glue

• Con­fetti

WHAT TO DO

1. Tie a knot on the neck of the bal­loon. Cut off the top half.

2. Cut out the bot­tom of the cup.

3. Stretch the bal­loon open­ing over the bot­tom of the cup and tape the edge in place. Set aside.

4. Cut a 10-inch-di­am­e­ter cir­cle from the card­stock. Trim the edges to make a dragon as shown.

5. Trace the top of the pa­per cup to make a mouth, and cut out.

6. Glue on pa­per eyes, horns, nos­trils, and more. Turn the pa­per over and hot-glue the top of the cup to the back of the mouth.

7. Fill the mouth with con­fetti and pull the knot­ted bal­loon end to re­lease the fun “fire”!

Drag­ons are a sym­bol of power, strength, and good luck. They are a com­mon sight in Chi­nese New Year pa­rades.

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