I’m on fire with Chinese New Year printables this year! I’ve got one more after this to go, but until then, why not make this string of Chinese New Year firecrackers? Of course, they’re not explosive, that would just be irresponsible of me… they are made simply with paper and wool. Firecrackers are commonly used to celebrate Chinese New Year.
I wasn’t too sure how they were going to turn out when I first designed this printable, but once I printed them out, and started to construct them, I have to say, I think they look pretty awesome! I know that they may look like they’re tricky to put together, but honestly, they are so simple! There are several designs to choose from in the free printable download, so you can pick your favourite, or mix them up like I have done.
You can make your string of firecrackers any length you like. I used 20 on the firecracker tubes, and a 2m length of wool, which I doubled over to form a loop at the top, which I stuck to the back of the octagonal piece. I added a tassel once I had finished the assembly of the string.
Chinese New Year Firecrackers
You will need…
Print off the octagonal topper, and 20 individual firecracker tubes onto thick paper or thin card, then cut out.
For the firecrackers, roll around to form a tube, and seal with either some double sided sticky tape or glue. If you are using glue, you may want to use a paper clip to hold them in place as they dry.
Measure out 2 metres of red wool and fold in half. Stick the looped end to the back of the octagonal piece with sellotape. Leave enough of the loop so that you can hang up the string of firecrackers.
Cut 10, 30cm lengths of red wool, and tie them to the long piece of wool at about 5 cm intervals. Even if you double knot them, you can still slide them up and down to place the firecrackers where you want when finished.
Attach one tube to one of the wool extensions with some sellotape, (I stuck them inside of the tube). Cut off any excess wool if you need to. Continue attaching the tubes to the wool extensions until you have used all of them up.
You can end the string of firecrackers here if you want, or you can continue to make a tassel. To do that, cut about 10 pieces of red wool, 30cm in length. Holding them altogether, fold them over, and tie another piece of wool around the looped end to hold them all in place. Use that to then tie to the firecrackers. You can then wrap gold wool around the knot to hide it if you wish.
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