Free Printable Chinese New Year Firecrackers – Year of the Ox!

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My Chinese New Year printables continue today with these fun (and safe!) Chinese New Year Firecrackers. Print and make at home to celebrate the Year of the Ox!

Chinese New Year 2021 is the Year of the OX and falls on February 12th. 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.

Chinese New Year Firecrackers - Free Printable Craft

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Chinese New Year Firecrackers

The Ox is the second 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 Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal. – Chinese Zodiac

Your Chinese Zodiac is Ox if you are born in one of these years: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1962, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021.

Firecrackers are commonly used to celebrate Chinese New Year. They were originally used to scare away evil spirits.

As the legend goes, a monster called Nian would come out to eat villagers and destroy their houses on each New Year’s Eve. The villagers discovered that burning dry bamboo to produce an explosive sound scared away the monster. Since then, it has become a tradition at Chinese New Year.China Highlights

Paper Firecrackers!

Quick disclaimer, they’re not explosive (of course), that would just be irresponsible of me… they are made simply with paper and wool.

I made this set of these firecrackers for the first time in 2016 for the Year of the Monkey and I just love the way that they turned out!

I left them hanging by my desk long after Chinese New Year was over! I have updated them in 2021 for the Year of the Ox.

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.

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Chinese Firecrackers Craft

You may be looking at the string of firecrackers thinking that they look tricky to put make, but honestly, they are easier than they look!

There are several [updated] designs to choose from in the free printable download, so you can pick your favourite, or mix them up like I have done.

  • You will find the download links further down this page surrounded by a purple box. Tap the purple download buttons to save the file(s) to your device.
  • I’ve provided two paper sizes – A4 and US Letter (8.5″ x 11″) – use the size that is appropriate for your printer.

Read this next: 50+ Delicious Recipes for Chinese New Year

Chinese Firecrackers Craft

How To Make Chinese New Year Firecrackers

Grab the free printable templates to make these awesome lanterns using the instructions in the tutorial card below.

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Craft Supplies To Make Firecrackers

You can make your string of firecrackers any length you like. I made 20 firecracker tubes and used a 2m (6½ft) length of wool that I doubled up. (You will need extra wool to attach the firecracker tubes.)

The instructional photographs show the monkey design, the printable in this post is for the Year of the Rat!

Chinese New Year Firecrackers Craft

Chinese New Year Firecrackers Craft

Yield: A String of Firecrackers
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Intermediate

Use the free printable template to make a string of Chinese New Year firecrackers!


  • White Card or White Paper
  • Red Wool/Yarn
  • Gold Wool/Yarn
  • Free Printable Template (links in blog post)


  • Scissors
  • Roller Glue
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Sticky Tape
  • Paper Clips


  1. Print off 2 octagonal toppers of your choice, and 20 individual firecracker tubes onto good quality (120gsm/30lbs) thick paper or onto thin card. Cut pieces out. blank
  2. To assemble the firecrackers, roll around to form a tube, and seal with either some double-sided sticky tape or roller glue. If you are using regular glue, you may want to use a paper clip to hold them in place as they dry.
  3. Measure out approximately 2m (6½ft) of red wool and fold in half. Stick the looped end to the back of the octagonal piece with sticky tape. Stick another octagon on the back to cover the workings, and leave enough of the loop so that you can hang up the string of firecrackers.blank
  4. Cut 10 x 30cm (12″) lengths of red wool, and tie them to the long piece of wool at about 5cm (2″) intervals. These are the pieces of wool that you’ll attach the firecracker tubes to. Even if you double knot them, you can still slide the pieces of wool up and down to place the firecrackers where you want when finished. blank
  5. Attach one tube to one of the wool extensions with some sticky tape, (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. Attaching Firecracker Tubes
  6. 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, 30 cm (12″) in length. Holding them all together, 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. blank

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