Chinese New Year Banners for Good Luck

It is a long upheld Chinese tradition and custom to hang bright red banners and signs with messages of good luck and fortune for the New Year.

Chinese New Year Greeting Banner

You will find them at the entrances of homes flanking the doors as well as all around town.

You can make your own to decorate your room, hang them in the living room or by your entrance door so that the first thing your guests see when they come visit is a cheery Chinese new year greeting wishing them good fortune and prosperity in the coming year.

We will make some very simple signs and write on them our "Good Luck" message in Chinese.

Let's get started!

Materials needed:

  • One sheet red paper
  • One sheet gold paper
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • Glue
  • Red or gold string, cord, yarn, or gift ribbon to hang it
  • Black or Gold Marker
Materials for Making Chinese New Year Posters

Step 1:

  • Cut the red paper into a small 5" to 6" diamond-shaped square
  • Cut the gold paper an inch or so bigger than the red one
  • Glue the red square onto the middle of the gold square
Making Chinese New Year Posters Step 1

Step 2:

  • Punch a hole in one of the corners
  • Cut some string, yarn, or cord, and thread it through the hole
  • Adjust string to the desired length to hang the sign and tie a bow or knot
Making Chinese New Year Posters Step 2

Step 3:

Making Chinese New Year Posters Step 2


Popular Chinese New Year Greetings and Good Luck Messages

These are some of the most popular Chinese New Year Greetings used in posters and banners for good luck and prosperity in the new year.

Click on each individual symbol to learn how to write the Chinese characters stroke by stroke.

Chinese character writing good fortune GOOD FORTUNE
Dà Jí
chinese character writing spring SPRING
Chūn
chinese character writing prosperity fu PROSPERITY
Fú

For phrases with two or more characters, it is common to write them vertically from top to bottom. These are used alongside doors and gates to greet your visitors. Here are some simple ones to get started:
Best Wishes For a Prosperous New Year - Chinese Gong Xi Fa Cai- Learn how to write these four characters to make 
your banners to decorate your home.  Vertical banners are placed side by side in the front door to welcome guests and wish 
everyone a happy, healthy, wealthy New Year!

Chū Rù Píng Ān
Peace and Safety Wherever You Go

Best Wishes For a Prosperous New Year - Chinese Gong Xi Fa Cai- Learn how to write these four characters to make 
your banners to decorate your home.  Vertical banners are placed side by side in the front door to welcome guests and wish 
everyone a happy, healthy, wealthy New Year!

Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái
Greetings! May Wealth Come Your Way!

And here are some more common Chinese New Year Greetings and how to wish someone a Happy New Year.


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