Chinese New Year Firecrackers

Chinese New Year Firecrackers

PoP! Boom! Bang! These are all happy sounds and noises that bring joy and cheer to the festivities.

Chinese New Year Firecrackers blast and explode day and night and are another "must" of any Chinese celebration.

They are lit in front of houses and stores so that the evil spirits are scared away from the loud cracking noises.

Firecrackers are also lit on the streets during parades and lion dances.

Children look forward to the sparkling blasts and this is one of many Chinese traditions that are still practiced all over China and by Chinese around the world.

Firecrackers made out of bright shiny paper are often used as decorations to add to the lively atmosphere of the festivities.

During the major holidays you will see them hanging alongside door entrances at homes, by the trees at the parks, decorating lobbys at hotels, shopping centers and restaurants.

And of course in the traditional red and gold colors for good luck and wealth...

Chinese New Year Paper Firecrackers

So let's make our own Chinese New Year Firecrackers to welcome the new year and drive all the bad luck and spirits away! All we need is some colorful paper and string!

Let's Make Some Chinese New Year Paper Firecrackers

Making Chinese New Year Firecrackers

Just a few simple steps to these colorful and cheery Chinese New Year Firecrackers to hang as decorations:

Materials needed:

  • Red paper
  • Gold paper
  • Regular Scissors
  • Craft Scissors with fun shape (optional)
  • Gold gel markers for decoration (optional)
  • Glue
  • Gold gift ribbon, curly ribbon, cord, string or similar
  • Hole puncher
Materials for Making Chinese New Year Firecrackers

Step 1:

  • Cut the red paper into squares, more or less about 4 inches.

    Make as many as you wish, we hang them in groups of eight because eight is the lucky number for the Chinese. DO NOT hang them in fours, four is a very unlucky number as the pronounciation resembles the word for "death"!

Making   Chinese New Year Firecrackers Step 1

Step 2:

  • Cut stripes of the gold paper using the regular or the fun-shaped scissors
  • Glue the gold stripes to decorate the red squares as you wish
  • You can also use the gel gold markers to decorate the firecrackers
Making   Chinese New Year Firecrackers Step 2

Step 3:

  • Roll and glue each square into a tube to form your firecrackers
Making   Chinese New Year Firecrackers Step 3

Step 4:

  • Punch two holes opposite each other on the top end of each of the firecrackers
Making   Chinese New Year Firecrackers Step 4

Step 5:

  • Cut a piece of string, gold cord, or curly ribbon, about 30 to 36 inches long
  • Thread it through the punched holes on your first firecracker
Making   Chinese New Year Firecrackers Step 5

Step 6:

  • Push the first firecracker to approximately the middle of the string
  • Keep it in place with a simple knot
Making   Chinese New Year Firecrackers Step 6

Step 7:

  • Add a second firecracker securing with a loose single knot
  • The knots have to be loose to allow the firecrackers to hang in place
  • Add a third firecracker so it sits opposite the second
Making   Chinese New Year Firecrackers Step 7

Step 8:

  • Repeat with the remaining firecrackers alternating sides, also keeping each in place with a loose simple knot
Making   Chinese New Year Firecrackers Step 8

Step 9:

  • Add some twirly ribbon for extra splash and hang!
Making   Chinese New Year Firecrackers Step 9






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