Not feeling the festive mood? DIY some CNY decors!

Chinese New Year (CNY) is just around the corner as we enter the second month of 2021. However, with the Covid-19 pandemic yet to be fully controlled, most of us will be doing our parts to keep the coronovirus in check by avoiding big gatherings and visitations.

On the brighter side, being able to stay at home also means greater opportunities to unleash the creative spirit within us and discover some DIY crafts. Doing them together as a family is a great way for bonding too.

Let us prompt you with a few ideas to homemake some CNY decors the inexpensive way — all from things readily available at home, thereby saving us the hassle of a trip to the store.

The Chrismas gift wrappers don’t have to wait till year-end for reuse, especially the red ones; or all the ang pow packets which are too many to keep but too beautiful to throw. Bring out the Christmas lights too, but to match the Lunar New Year theme, just switch them to yellow-only sparkles. 

With that, here are some of the paper decoration patterns for us to explore.

Mini lanterns

The mini lanterns are the easiest as it only takes five minutes to make one. This might have been among the first crafts we learn in our primary schools, but they are worth revisiting. Elevate it with some twinkling lights to frame our flower fans and we will get a brilliant CNY conversation piece.

Fan-like paper flowers

To make this one stand out, the trick is in the colour combination. Alternating the pieces with contrasting hues, as shown in the video, will give us a vibrant festive spread.

This decor will lift your plain wall to another level and will definitely offer a fabulous backdrop for some memorarable family shots or a Zoom gathering with your loved ones. Each flower takes around 15 to 20 minutes.

Cherry blossoms

This one takes more effort and time — about 20 to 25 minutes each — but the result is very satisfying. We get more durable and sturdier blooms than the normal plastic cherry blossoms. 

This story first appeared in the e-weekly on Feb 5, 2021. You can access back issues here.

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