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3 DIY Fai Chun ideas for Chinese New Year

Celebrating Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival. This ancient celebration marks the end of the Winter season and the beginning of Spring. Everything is new and coming back to life, making the start of a prosperous beginning. The Chinese celebrate the New Year in many ways and just like Christmas, we decorate our house with all kinds of things. Read on for my DIY Fai Chun printable.

When is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year in 2018 is on Friday 16th February and this year is the year of the Dog. Chinese New Year is calculated according to the Lunar calendar, therefore dates will vary each year and could fall anything in January or February. Celebrations begin on the New Years eve and lasts until the first full moon of the year, which is 15 days later when people celebrate the Lantern Festival.

2019 – Tuesday 5 February (Year of the Pig)

2020 – Saturday 25 Janaury (Year of the Rat)

2021 – Friday 12 February (Year of the Ox)

2022 – Tuesday 1 February (Year of the Tiger)

2023 – Wednesday 22 January (Year of the Rabbit)

2024 – Saturday 10 February (Year of the Dragon)

What are Fai Chun’s?

Fai Chun’s or Spring Couplets are red pieces of rectangular piece paper with auspicious phrases written on them usually in red or black ink and can range from 2 to 4 words. Red has always represented good luck in Chinese culture and according to legend, is suppose to scare away the monster (Nian) who visits on New Years Eve. Therefore, Fai Chun’s are usually stuck on doors and around the house.

Make your own DIY Fai Chun’s

Get into the Chinese New Year spirit by using my DIY Fai Chun printables. Download it here! Below I show you THREE ways how you can use and decorate them. I have chosen some of the most popular and basic greetings and included some romanised pronounciation in Mandarin as well. So why not try saying them to friends/family this year and wish them a happy new year, prosperity and good health! Don’t worry if you don’t know any Chinese, I have also included some translations on what they mean.

Chinese New Year Fai Chun/Spring Couplet Printable-1
Left: Happy New Year “Xīn nián kuài lè” | Right: (Wish you) Good Health “Shēn tǐ jiàn kāng”
Chinese New Year Fai Chun/Spring Couplet Printable-2
Left: May All Your Wishes Come True “Xīn xiǎng shì chéng” | Right: (Wish you) Good Luck and Good Fortune/Wealth “Dà jí dà lì”
Chinese New Year Fai Chun/Spring Couplet Printable-3
Left: (Congratulations) Happiness and Prosperity/Wealth “Gōng xǐ fā cái” | Right: Smooth Sailing (Life/Trip/Year etc) “Yī fān fēng shùn”

Before you start, do the following first:

  1. Print Out
  2. Fold Fai Chun/Couplet in the middle and cut so you end up with 2 individual phrases.

Decorate Idea #1

Colour your Fai Chun’s and colour them in with paint. Remember, traditionally the background is red and the words are black or Gold, but there is no stopping you from being creative and experimenting. Why not add some sparkles with glitter. Tip: If you’re painting the paper, the paper may curl up on the sides, so stick down the sides when you’re painting and once it’s dried, put a heavy book on top so the paper has time to flatten properly. You can also increase the thickness of the paper by lining the edges underneath with cello tape or stick onto a piece of cardboard that’s of the same size.

3 DIY Fai Chun ideas for Chinese New Year #1

Decorate Idea #2

Give your Fai Chun’s a bit more dimension by cutting out the words and then sticking them on pieces of stacked card or foam. Tip: You do not need to cut all the white paper off in the middle of the words, just colour them in with the same colour as your backgroun foam/paper. Also to keep the composition of the words the same as the printout, you do not need to completely cut out separate strokes of the words.

3 DIY Fai Chun ideas for Chinese New Year #23 DIY Fai Chun ideas for Chinese New Year #2.1

Decorate Idea #3

Go way out and cut and transfer the words over to alternative materials like felt or foam. I have used felt and sewed the words/symbols down, but you can use fabric glue and it would look just as wonderful! You can even get creative and exchange certain words with symbols, such as:

= Heart

= luck (but has the same sound as the second word in “柑桔“, which is the mandarin fruit. Hence why you will find this fruit used as decoration and eaten during the Chinese New Year Period).

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I hope you have fun creating these DIY Fai Chun decorations. We wish you a Happy Chinese New Year, may you have a prosperous and healthy year ahead filled with good luck and happiness.

3 DIY Printable Fai Chun ideas for Chinese New Year

Please share and get creative!

Thank you for reading and until next time…

Love, MsMamaBean x

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1 February 2018 at 2:54 pm

Wow! This is so neat. I never understood the meaning of the Chinese New Year and we even studied it in elementary school. I love this concept. Positive words to share with others. I also happen to be partial to the color red. 😉 I can’t wait to try this with my kids and teach them about the Chinese New Year. Thanks so much. And hope you have a wonderful New Year.

    2 February 2018 at 10:13 am

    Thank you! Chinese New Year is a great celebration and even better to know it’s almost like another chance of getting a good start to the new year! 😆 it’s going to be Spring soon and a fresh start with warmer weather to look forward to.

Emily Fata
1 February 2018 at 6:09 pm

Happy Chinese New Year!! This year is actually my year: the year of the dog (I was born in 1994). 🙂

1 February 2018 at 7:07 pm

what fun. I love the 3D version of Fai Chun’s you created and with your instructions even I could figure it out. Love learning about new culture aspects like the Chinese New Year traditions.

1 February 2018 at 8:42 pm

I love the look of the second piece ! It’s both eye catching and modern at the same time.

1 February 2018 at 8:50 pm

Love the creativity and printable! It truly brings in the charm and the festivity of Chinese New Years. Gung Hay Fat Choi! Happy New Year <3 xo Evelyn

1 February 2018 at 11:55 pm

Oh these look so fun to make and are absolutely gorgeous! Love it.

2 February 2018 at 2:29 am

I love learning about the customs of different cultures. Your fai chun looks like a really fun project to help celebrate.

    2 February 2018 at 10:21 am

    I had so much fun creating these! I’m sure anyone interested in Chinese New Year or school kids would have great fun making these too! My little 2 year old boy definitely wanted to help! 😅

2 February 2018 at 12:59 pm

This is such a lovely idea! Our little family is half Chinese so we will have to make one of these. Gong Xi Fa Cai And thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub! X

2 February 2018 at 2:50 pm

This is such a cool craft activity!

Gemille Sleweon
2 February 2018 at 5:37 pm

How fun and cute are these!

6 February 2018 at 6:30 pm year to you X #dreamteam

7 February 2018 at 2:22 pm

Oh wow! I love these so much, what a lovely way to celebrate and thank you for teaching me about it. It’s always so wonderful to find out more about other cultures and their celebrations. Thanks for joining the #bigpinklink this week and hope you have a wonderful celebration!

12 February 2018 at 9:39 pm

Happy New Year! These DIY Fai Chun decorations look gorgeous. I didn’t realise that red was for good luck and would scare away the monsters. I especially like your 3 D ones. Thanks for sharing with the #DreamTeam x

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