Free Printable Chinese New Year Firecrackers

Chinese New Year 2018 is the Year of the Dog, and falls on February 16th. 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.

My 2018 Chinese New Year printables start today with these fun (and safe!) Chinese New Year Firecrackers. Print and make at home to celebrate the Year of the Dog!

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with this free printable Chinese Firecrackers set! They're fun to make and look awesome hung on the wall!

Chinese New Year Firecrackers

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.

The Year of the Dog - Gold Dog GraphicI made a 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 updated them in 2017 for the Year of the Rooster, and have done the same for 2018!

Now quick disclaimer, they’re not explosive (of course), 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’ve updated the firecrackers again for the Year of The Dog. I know that they may look like they’re tricky to put together, but honestly, they are so simple! 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. I’ve supplied 2 sizes of printable – A4, and 8.5 x 11″.

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You can make your string of firecrackers any length you like. I used 20 on the firecracker tubes, and a 2m (6ft) 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.

Download the Chinese Firecrackers:

Crafting supplies you might need…

Amazon.com
» White Card
» White Paper
» Scissors
» Glue
» Double Sided Tape
» Red Wool
» Gold Wool
» Scotch Tape
Amazon.co.uk
» White Card
» White Paper
» Scissors
» Glue
» Double Sided Tape
» Red Wool
» Gold Wool
» Sellotape

 

Chinese Firecrackers Craft

Instructions

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

Print off the octagonal topper of your choice, 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 2m (6ft) of red wool and fold in half. Stick the looped end to the back of the octagonal piece with sticky. Stick another octagon on the back to cover the stuck down wool, and leave enough of the loop so that you can hang up the string of firecrackers.

Chinese Firecrackers Craft

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 which 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.

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.

Chinese Firecrackers Craft

Chinese Firecrackers Craft

Chinese Firecrackers Craft

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 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.

Chinese Firecrackers Craft

Chinese Firecrackers Craft

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