I’m continuing my Chinese New Year printables with Chinese New Year Wrapping Paper. Print and use at home to celebrate the Year of the Rat!
Chinese New Year 2020 is the Year of the Rat and falls on January 25th. I have shared lots of Chinese New Year printables over the years, and I like to update them so that they reflect the correct Chinese Zodiac signs.
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Chinese New Year Wrapping Paper
The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first. – Chinese Zodiac
Your Chinese Zodiac is Rat if you are born in one of these years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.
I’ve also got lots of ideas of how to use these sheets of wrapping paper in different ways, and not just to wrap gifts!
The Chinese New Year wrapping paper has 6 red and gold designs:
- Yin & Yang
- Gold Rat
- Water Lily
- Fu Symbol
- Four Blessings Symbol
- Hand Fan
There are four size options too:
- US Letter (8.5 x 11″)
- Square 12 x 12″
I am guessing for most people, the latter two won’t be able to be printed at home – unless you’re lucky enough to have a printer that has these wide print size options.
This means you will have to have them printed at a print shop or online which you are welcome to do.
I’ve taken a look on Amazon and found a wide/A3/13″ Epson printer which doesn’t break the bank too much but is still an investment piece of equipment.
I have used Epson printers for most of my life so am happy to see that they make a printer that covers larger sizes of paper.
If you do decide to buy a new printer, make sure you read through the complete specs to see the paper sizes, ink prices, etc.,
I have made them borderless in the printable document, but your printer may automatically add a border, so cut away the excess with a paper trimmer
When printed, the regular-sized (A4/US) wrapping paper is only enough for small gifts (here is some Christmas wrapping paper I made a few years ago to show you an example), but you can, of course, combine sheets.
We love to celebrate Chinese New Year in our household, I remember as a child going to Chinatown in London with my family and seeing the Lion Dance which always had me in complete awe, and we’d always enjoy some Chinese food too.
My dad was really into Kung Fu in his younger days, so maybe that’s where it all stemmed from! You can read more about Chinese New Year on my blog here.
I will be updating all of my free printables for the Chinese New Year. Make sure you are a member of The Pumpkin Patch so that you don’t miss out!
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How To Use Chinese New Year Wrapping Paper
You don’t have to use these free printable wrapping paper sheets to wrap gifts. Oh no, there are lots of different uses for them! Here are some ideas you could try:
- Make paper lanterns or paper hand fans – both of which have their own printables – but these papers will give you different designs (obviously!)
- Cut the paper into strips and make paper chains.
- Use the square printable to make cones for popcorn or potato chips. Here is a tutorial on how to make cones (I made them for Halloween)
- Laminate the regular size sheets and use them as placemats for the dinner table for Chinese New Year.
- Turn into a gift bows! How to make DIY gift bows tutorial
- Use to line drawers or trays to make them look pretty.
- Use them to line plates or platters for finger goods at a party.
- Turn into envelopes to send old fashioned snail mail (plenty of templates online).
- Put it in a frame and hang on the wall for some seasonal decor.
- Cut into squares and use as origami paper (again, search online for templates and instructions).
- Use in your scrapbook or journal as a background.
Download CNY Wrapping Paper Sheets
- Wrapping Paper Sheets – Year of the Rat – A4 Size
- Wrapping Paper Sheets – Year of the Rat – US Letter Size
- Wrapping Paper Sheets – Year of the Rat – A3 Size
- Wrapping Paper Sheets – Year of the Rat – 12″ x 12″ square
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Get More: Free Chinese New Year Printables
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