Chinese Culture for Kids Chinese New Year Paper Cutting Craft

Chinese New Year paper cutting craft is a lot of fun for children.  This paper design art is originated from cutting patterns for Chinese embroidery and later developed into a folk art.  The history of paper cutting began during Hàn dynasty in China.  It was in the 4th century.  You may want to share some of the following culture facts with your children when you introduce this Chinese New Year paper cutting craft.

Chinese New Year paper cutting craft | Miss Panda Chinese

Questions: What is the Chinese character for this Chinese New Year paper cutting craft?

The Chinese character is “spring .”  It is pronounced as “chūn.”  It means spring (season) in Chinese. 

Question: Where is paper invented?

Answer: Paper is invented in China.

Question: Who invented paper?

Answer: A Chinese official, Cài Lún 蔡倫|蔡伦 invented paper in 105 AD.

Questions: Why Chinese character “Spring” paper cutting or lucky word sign is seen during the celebration of Chinese New Year?

Answer: What we know as the “Chinese New Year” in the Western world is called “Lunar Calendar (New) Year” 農曆年 |农历年 or “Spring Festival” 春節 | 春节in Chinese.  More fun facts…

  • You will see Chinese word, “Spring” printed on red diamond or square papers during the lunar new year as one of the lucky word signs in the market for sale.
  • Chinese people will post this lucky word sign, Spring on the door.
  • You might also see this lucky word sign, Spring is being posted upside down.  Why?  It is a play on word.  It indicates the arrival of the spring.
  • The arrival of the Chinese New Year means the arrival of spring season.
  • Paper cutting papers for Chinese New Year celebration is almost always red.
  • Red is the lucky and auspicious color for Chinese.

Chinese New Year Craft Paper Cutting | Miss Panda Chinese

This 3D Chinese New Year paper cutting craft is designed for children who can use scissors independently.  For younger kids (kindergarten and under), adult supervision and adult assistance are needed.  This is a simple paper cutting craft for Chinese New Year.  My students love it!

Paper Cutting Project:  Chinese character = chūn = spring.

Craft Supplies:

1. Colored printing papers: Red is always the best color for the Chinese New Year.

2. A pair of scissors.

3. String or ribbon for hanging (optional).


1. Click on the printable image below and print it on colored paper.

Miss Panda Chinese paper cutting craft Spring template full page

2. Fold two triangles and crease well.  Cut the extra part on top and make the paper a big square.  Then fold the paper in half from the left then from the bottom.

Miss Panda Chinese paper cutting template

3. Push the left and right sides in and form two big triangles back to back. Then flatten the two triangles with template side up.

Miss Panda Chinese - paper cutting craft Spring01

4. Fold the triangle in half. (shown in the left). Then cut out the shaded parts (shown on the right).  You can cut tip of the top off and thread a string or ribbon through for hanging.

Miss Panda Chinese paper cutting craft Spring02

5.  Now open it up and you have the finished project!

Miss Panda Chinese paper cutting craft Spring03

If you and your children enjoy this Chinese New Year paper cutting project you will also have a lot of fun with my Teach Culture: Chinese New Year Greetings & Craft unit

Teaching Chinese New Year Greetings and Craft | Miss Panda Chinese

Play, Make and Learn!  Words and Phrases that you can use while doing this craft:

English – Traditional Chinese characters – Pinyin

spring – 春天chūn tiān

spring festival – 春節 – chūn ​jié​

paper cutting – 剪紙 –  jiǎn​ zhǐ​

craft – 勞作 –  láo​ zuò​

paper – – zhǐ​

color – 顏色 – yán​ sè​

colored paper – 有顏色的紙 – yǒu yán​ sè de zhǐ​

scissors – 剪刀 – jiǎn​ dāo​

to cut – – jiǎn​

to fold –   – zhé​

to open – 打開 – dǎ​ kāi​

Culture notes that applies to this craft:

Paper – An Invention of China – History of Paper Kids.

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  1. OOOOh so pretty! I bet my daughter Gabriela would love making those on colored paper! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you for dropping by. This is a fun craft for kids. You can use colored printing papers or card stock. My daughter also enjoyed this project. Happy Lunar New Year!

  2. This craft looks so fun!! I can’t wait to try it with my daughter!

  3. Thanks again for this printable! We just made a bunch of these in different colors as you suggested. Will post a pic soon. Excited to have included you in my list of favorite Chinese New Year activities!

    • I was delighted to hear that you had such a fun time adding culture crafts to your Chinese language teaching. Thank you for including this craft project to your post! -Amanda Miss Panda

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