Chinese New Year: Make a “Fú 福” Chinese Lucky Word Sign

Chinese Culture for Kids Series features Chinese Lucky Word Sign craft – a classic Chinese New Year lucky word sign!

Your Chinese animal birth sign is DOG gǒu if  the birth years are in

2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934, 1922.

It is a 12-year increment so the ages will  be 0, 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96, 108. 

Chinese people might ask about your birth sign and figure out how old you are.  It is a math game!  Try it and have fun!  You will also enjoy reading about Chinese New Year’s traditional, taboos, and celebration.


Chinese New Year Lucky Word Sign Craft | Miss Panda Chinese


Chinese people put red banners with lucky words, phrases and sentences on their front doors, as well as their interior doors, to welcome the Chinese Lunar New Year.  These red banners and lucky word signs are called “chūn lián” (春聯|春联). The paper for the banners is always red, while the words are in gold or black.  The Chinese regard red as an auspicious color.

Follow along below to see how you can make your own Lucky Word Sign with the character “Fú.”  This is the most popular and most auspicious Chinese character that you must know for the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Craft Supplies You Need:  Click on the image below and download this template.

1. Print out the coloring page on a piece of red paper. I always use red stock papers for this class project.

2. A gold metallic marker. I also have silver ones for the children to try.

Go creative and try glue with gold glitter – They come out very pretty with a 3D style.

Gold and Silver Gel pens – Use Silver for outline and Gold for filling.  It sure makes the lucky sign look like an art!

3. A pair of scissors


Chinese Lucky Word Sign | Miss Panda Chinese

Lucky Word Sign Printable

We first color the Chinese character with a gold marker.  You can add any design you like in the diamond to be creative. Then we cut out the diamond and your lucky “Fú” word sign is ready!

Chinese Lucky Word Sign | Miss Panda Chinese

Culture Notes:

The Chinese character Fú means “good fortune”, “good luck”, and “blessings!”  You will see this character everywhere, even on Red Envelopes.  This is a must-know Chinese character, especially during the Chinese New Year!

Now choose a door and put it up. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy and wonderful Year of the Dog  狗年- gǒu nían!


Check out Miss Panda’s Chinese Lunar New Year Greetings & Crafts Unit with culture highlights for more hands-on language and culture language activities!

Plan a Children’s Chinese Lunar New Year Party with Chinese New Year Greetings & Crafts Unit!

Chinese New Year Lucky Word Sign Craft | Miss Panda Chinese





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  1. Now this is a bit of craft I can’t get wrong, lol. Lovely.

  2. Looks great, and will help us remember those lovely phrases, thanks for the idea!

  3. Great tutorial and template! Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is something that I will need to pin for next year’s Chinese New Year cultural playdate. Thank you so much for linking at the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop #3.

    • Great! It has always been a pleasure participating in the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop. So many wonderful ideas from creative Moms! Thank you!

  5. What a great printable! Thank you for sharing it at the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop!

  6. What a great way to learn about Chinese New Year! Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Great tip about hanging the lucky sign upside down! I appreciate the historical points that you include in each of your posts! So happy to include this important activity in my list of favorite Chinese New Year activities!

    • I love this Chinese New Year craft project and my students enjoy this so much. I keep printing more of them and they are so creative with all the hanging and decoration ideas. Much appreciation to you for including this culture resource in your Chinese New Year activities post.

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