I love to create new holiday traditions with my family and today’s project is in honor of the Chinese New Year! To celebrate, I am sharing a tutorial on how to make felt fortune cookies and a free printable that can be placed on a jar for a special Chinese New Year tradition.
I have partnered with Walmart on this project to showcase a fun project that you can do in honor of the holiday. All supplies for this project can be found at their store!
What is Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4712 begins on Jan. 31, 2014. A fun fact for this year is that this is the year of the horse.
New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year. Can you just imagine?
According to the Chinese legend, Buddha arranged a meeting and asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve animals came and Buddha named a year after each one. If you were born in certain years, your personality is supposedly aligned with your animal. Those born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with their hands. Since this is the year of the horse, if you have a child born this year, it sounds like you will have quite a talented and delightful child.
There are many great traditions around this holiday that include wearing red clothes which symbolizes fire and drives away bad luck, and a lantern festival, and one thing that Americans really seem to get behind is…
We are a Fortunate Family
Since the Chinese New Year is about feasting and family, I wanted to create a craft that would work for these two elements of the holiday. I love that many elements of this holiday focus on luck & good fortune. Incorporating this element, today we are making felt fortune cookies, but instead of filling them with predicted fortunes, we are going to fill them with all we are so fortunate for.
Because we are a FORTUNATE family.
I love gratitude projects and thankfulness for all we have around the dinner table is definitely a tradition that I want my family to embrace.
(All Available at Walmart)
Felt Sheets (any color)
3/8″ grosgrain ribbon
Large Mason Jar
Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
1 piece of heavy cardstock
1 piece of white paper & pencil
How to Make Felt Fortune Cookies
1. Using your ribbon spool or the bottom of your mason jar, trace a circle with a pencil or marker. Cut out your circle.
2. Snip a piece of floral wire, approximately the length of your circle, with your wire cutters. Add a line of hot glue, and place the wire in the center of the glue.
3. Snip grosgrain ribbon the approximate length of your circle and then secure over the wire with a little additional glue.
4. Fold your circle in half and then bend like a fortune cookie. Repeat the process until you have a jar full of fortune cookies.
You can enlist your helpers to help make your fortune cookies. Since we have had UNLIMITED SNOW DAYS THAT NEVER END, I have many helping hands. Ahem.
The best part though, is involving them in the gratitude portion of this project. Using the writing prompt,
“I’m Fortunate For…”
Have children write down all the things that make their family special.
Emily said, “I’m Fortunate For…that my family are GRATE dancers.”
What can I say? She comes from a long lineage of family members that just BRING IT on the dance floor!
Mom & Dad can get in on the fortune cookie writing prompt too. Hopefully your husband doesn’t read this aloud and then ELABORATE endlessly on his AMAZINGNESS.
My husband designed this fantastic printable that you can attach to a jar. I just dabbed a little glue on my jar and attached this side. You could also print this on label paper or attach with a little double-sided tape to finish your project. (Grab the printable at the bottom of this post!)
If you are looking for dinner options, here are couple of great ones that I can recommend!
This delicious gluten-free orange chicken would make a fantastic meal!
These Peanut Ginger Chicken Noodles are always a big hit!
And this Weeknight Chicken Lo Mein is fast & easy to prepare!
However you celebrate this holiday, I hope this post offers some inspiration for fun ways to celebrate with your family.