|On the left: "Peacefulness"|
On the right: "Good Fortune," "Spring," and "Good Luck"
The symbols I used in the red diamond placemat are from "Moonbeams, Dumplings and Dragon Boats," by Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz, and the Children's Museum, Boston. During Chinese New Year families often adorn the doors of their homes with good luck characters, or chun lion, to convey good wishes for the new year.
- Books, websites, worksheets for inspiration (see my Resources page)
- Construction paper for doing calligraphy: 6" squares, red and/or 6" x 16" ivory
- Construction paper pieces for decorating placemat or banner: 4 1/2" x 12" or other size scraps, good colors are red, orange, gold and purple
- Tissue paper or decorative paper scraps for embellishing: mine were 3" x 4" and 3" x 5," good colors are red, orange, gold and purple
- Black watercolor paint
- Sharpie or other fine point marker if you would like to write the meaning of the symbols on the paper
- Glue stick
- 1 12" x 18" piece of construction paper for background, black
2. Once you have the symbols done, arrange them onto the larger sheet of construction paper adding bits of colored paper and tissue paper for decoration. Colors such as gold, orange and red are the colors of joy. Glue the pieces down with a glue stick. Laminate if desired.
Your placemat or banner is done! ENJOY!