Koi fish painting for kids

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Fish | Posted on 08-07-2012 | 8,088 views

Tags: koi fish

The kids painted koi fish today in the Studio. It’s super easy even a toddler can do it! :D

Koi fish (Japanese carp) painting

I drew and cut out two templates (as shown above) for each of the kids.

Get the kids to paint the entire drawing block blue using sponge. My kid insists to paint it green as he said the water in the pond is always green!

Place the first template and start dabbing white paint over the holes in the template. Let dry.

Place the second template over the white paint and dab orange paint.

Repeat the process if you wish to have more than one fish.

DIY Ang Pow Packet

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Paper Crafts, Print Art | Posted on 30-01-2012 | 5,785 views

Tags: Chinese New Year craft, HP Inkjet Printer

I was a pre-school teacher when I was expecting my little artist Ethan. It was always my intention to continue teaching and remain in the working force. All that changed the moment I laid hand on my baby in the Operating Theatre. I submitted my resignation and vowed to be the best mother a mom can be to my son. I live with this mantra in my head – “A parent is a child’s first teacher”.

My love for art and crafts helps create that special bond between Ethan and I. We started crafting together when he was 12 months old and it helps in his motor and fine skills development tremendously. Initially we’ll hang up his masterpieces in the Art Room in the house. Overtime, we ran out of walls.

That is when crafty-crafted.com was born; to immortalize his artwork and also to share our ideas with other mommies out there. That was 3 years ago.

A week ago, we finally got ourselves a colour printer. We chose a HP colour inkjet printerI need not limit his creativity to only water paint and crayons anymore. He can now print out stuffs that he created online.

For a start, with the Chinese New Year around the corner Ethan did his first printing craftwork.

Personalised Ang Pow Packet

He personalised his very own red packets to be given to his grandparents. Let’s have a look at how he does it :D


A+ #1 – First, choose a picture of the person you are giving the Ang Pow to. This is easily done by stalking their Facebook account :P I helped Ethan to get the pictures of my nieces from my sisters’ FB account and saved them in my PC.

A+ #2 – Ethan chose the pictures that he likes best and starts printing. Mind you, he did it all by himself as shown in the video at the end of this post!

A+ #3 – Quickly and silently, our new HP printer did the job. Excellent!

A+ #4 – Take an old Ang Pow packet and tear it open to be used as a template. Trace the outline according to the template.

A+ #5 – The personalised Ang Pow is slowly taking shape.

A+ #6 – Cut accordingly. Please assist your child if he has yet to master the art of cutting with a pair of scissors.

A+ #7 – The personalised Ang Pow cut out.

A+ #8 – Fold accordingly and paste.

A+ #9 – The personalised Ang Pow is done!

A+ #10 – Ethan personalised Ang Pows for all his cousin sisters and even did some of himself to be given to his grandparents :D

Lovely isn’t it? We are highly impressed with the printout. It looked so natural and beautiful, we are definitely going to do more print art in the future!

I am an A+ mom and so can you!

Watch the video of Ethan printing his very own personalized Ang Pow.

Fridge Magnet : Dragon

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Fridge Magnets | Posted on 16-01-2012 | 11,183 views

Tags: Chinese New Year craft

Let’s make a Dragon art today :)

Dragon fridge magnet. 

Super simple and a fun craft to make. Print out a dragon head and a tail. I got the dragon head and tail template from here.

Paint them and cut when dry.

Cut a strip of paper and paste three magnets along it. Paste the strip of paper to the Dragon’s head and tail and the fridge magnet is done :D

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

If you are looking for more simple DIY Chinese New Year decor, click here for lots and lots of Ang Pow decor tutorial.

Rabbits to usher the Chinese New Year

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Rabbit | Posted on 01-02-2011 | 4,567 views

Tags: Ang Pao, Chinese New Year craft, rabbit craft

Chinese New Year will be celebrated on the 3rd February 2011, just a couple of days away :D

We are getting really excited and let’s have a look at the kids making rabbit art to usher the New Year of Rabbit!

A couple of rabbits to usher the New Year of Rabbit

Look for a rabbit, preferably from your Chinese New Year greeting cards or any where and cut it out.

We got ours from Craft Haven.

Draw the outline on a drawing block

Cut out the rabbit.

Place the rabbit template onto another drawing block. Secure with masking tape.

Paint the insides of the template

Repeat on the other side or as many times according to how many rabbits you wish to have

Let dry and your rabbits are done.

You may want to finger print some cherry blossoms too.

Nice? :D

We hung the rabbit art up at our car porch together with the lanterns :D

Gong Xi Fa Chai to you and family :D

Here are the list of Chinese New Year crafts we have done:
1) Red packet ancient coin lantern

2) Red packet ball lantern

3) Ang Pao Goldfish

4) Red Packet Star Lantern

5) Toilet paper roll rabbit

6) Toilet paper roll orange

7) Chinese Paper Cut – SPRING

’8) Fingerprint Cherry Blossoms

9) Ang Pao Toilet Paper Roll Cracker

10) Red Packet Sea Shell Ornament

11) Red Packet Fish Lantern

12) Red Packet Fan Ornament

13) Red Packet Fish Ornament

14) Fortune Cookie Fridge Magnet

Red Packet Ancient Coin Lantern

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts | Posted on 26-01-2011 | 12,275 views

Tags: Ang Pao, Chinese New Year craft, Lantern, Red packet craft

We are making an auspicious Ancient Coin Lantern using red packets today :)

Ang Pao Ancient Coin Lantern

You’ll need to fold 16 packets of ang paos as shown above – fold all four edges.

Staple them together to get 4 of the above

Staple them together to get the above

Arrange and staple them as shown above

Side view. Add tassel and your lantern is done :D

If you still don’t get it, watch this video

Ang Pao Ball Lantern

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, YouTube tutorial | Posted on 25-01-2011 | 17,092 views

Tags: Chinese New Year craft, Lantern, Red packet craft

I made some beautiful ball lanterns and many have requested for me to share the steps here.

Red Packet Ball Lantern

Gold Packet Ball Lantern

I found it very difficult to explain it with pictures but I found this video instead.  Let’s watch this video and I’m sure you’ll be able to make your very own beautiful ball lantern using red packets :D

A friend of mine requested me to make it round, like a ball without those spikes. What you need to do is just follow the steps shown in the video, and after you are done, just fold the spikes and staple them.

Staple as shown above. Your lantern will turn out lovely :D

Toilet Paper Roll Rabbit

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Craft from Recycled Materials, Festive Crafts, Rabbit, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 18-01-2011 | 12,248 views

Tags: Chinese New Year craft, rabbit craft, toilet paper roll

To usher the New Year of the Rabbit, let’s make a cute rabbit today :D

Toilet Paper Roll Rabbit

Cut three rings out of a toilet paper roll

Glue two rings together

Glue the 2 rings to the third ring

Cut two ears out of the envelope of your Chinese New Year card greetings (or you can simply use pink paper :P)

Paste the ears and cut two eyes out of white envelope. I’m trying to recycle all I can here :D

Paste the eyes

Tie a gold string and hang. You may want to paint the toilet roll white before you start if you have the time :D

Gold Packet Gold Fish

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Fish, Paper Crafts | Posted on 17-01-2011 | 10,509 views

Tags: Ang Pao, Chinese New Year craft, goldfish

This Chinese New Year, let’s have beautiful goldfish accompanying us :D We’ll need only 6 red packets, oops, in this case, gold packets.

Gold Packet Gold Fish

We’ll only need two folding methods. 3 packets for each fold.

Fold both edges, leaving a small gap in the middle.

On the opposite end, fold both edges, leaving no gap in the middle.

You’ll need to fold 3 packets according to the above folding method.

Pick the part with the gap and staple so all three are attached to each other.

It should look like this.

Turn them out

See the fold line? You’ll need to cut the triangle out but do not cut on the line. Leave a little space.

Cut only one side. Leave the other untouched. Do not throw away the small triangle as you’ll need it later for the fins.

Cut the second packet. Cut only on one side too.

Cut the third packet. This time, cut both sides. You’ll now have 4 little triangles.

Fold the remaining 3 packets into half

Fold as shown above

Fold again as shown above and repeat on the other side

Fold all three packets using the above folding method.

Staple them side by side together

Place the tail in between the two packets.

Staple on one side

Staple on the other side too

Take 2 triangles

And staple as the fin

Staple the body shut

Staple as shown above

Insert your finger to puff up the fish

Take another small triangle and staple

Repeat on the other side

Staple it totally shut

Open up the tail

Cut two eyes out of white paper and draw the black eye and paste

I like to use this glass stone purchased from IKEA for the ‘fish eye’ effect.

Simply glue the glass stone onto the eyes and you are done :D

You may also use red packets (ang bao) if you do not have gold packets :)

Still don’t get it? Watch this video :D

Red Packet Lucky Star Lantern

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Paper Crafts, Shapes | Posted on 15-01-2011 | 17,335 views

Tags: Chinese New Year craft, Lantern, lucky stars, Red packet craft

We are going to make a Star out of red packets today :D

Red Packet Lucky Star Lantern

Fold ten red packets as shown above.

It should look like a diamond from the back

Staple five diamond shape red packets to form a star.

Make two sets.

Staple the two sets together and you’ll get a lovely LUCKY star lantern.

An auspicious decor for Chinese New Year :D Tie a gold string so you can hang it.

Add a beautiful tassle to make your star a lovely one :)

Ang Pow Lucky Star lantern

Toilet Paper Roll Orange

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Craft from Recycled Materials, Festive Crafts, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 12-01-2011 | 15,989 views

Tags: Chinese New Year craft, orange

Toilet Paper Roll Oranges

Cut a toilet paper roll into rings

Cut a circle out of a paper plate and paste onto the ring

Paint it orange

We did three oranges :)

Cut a leaf out of green felt and paste on the oranges

Frame them up and they’ll be a nice wall decor this Chinese New Year :D

Chinese Paper Cut – SPRING

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Paper Crafts | Posted on 05-01-2011 | 27,163 views

Tags: Chinese New Year craft, Paper Cut

Chinese New Year is around the corner so let’s do some paper cuts today. Let’s start with the word SPRING :D

Spring has arrived

Get a square paper

Fold half

Fold half again

Write the character Spring on the paper as shown above

Cut. Cut a small hole at the top and tie a thread through it.

We should use red or gold thread but I did the above in my working place

and so happen to be running out on those two so I made do with white :(

Fingerprint Cherry Blossoms

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Fingerprint Art | Posted on 30-12-2010 | 20,047 views

Tags: Cherry Blossoms, Chinese New Year craft, Fingerprint Art

Today’s art work is very simple yet beautiful – fingerprint cherry blossoms.

Fingerprint Cherry Blossoms

Paint the branches and let dry

Dip your fingers or thumb into pink paint

Start stamping all over

Nice Cherry Blossoms for the Chinese New Year :)

Ang Pow Toilet Paper Roll Cracker

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Craft from Recycled Materials, Festive Crafts, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 28-12-2010 | 16,106 views

Tags: Ang Pao, Chinese New Year craft, fire cracker craft, toilet paper roll

Let’s start working on Chinese New Year decorations :D

Today, we are going to use toilet paper roll and some red packets to make a fire cracker :)

Red packet toilet paper roll fire cracker


Cut two circles out of a red packet

Paste on both ends of the toilet paper roll

Take a cute red packet and paste around the toilet roll.

Cut a strip of aluminium foil, twist it and paste on one end of the roll and you are done :D

Craft Stick Lantern

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Craft Stick, Crafts by Materials, Festive Crafts, Panda, Paper Crafts, Party Craft | Posted on 10-09-2010 | 13,815 views

Tags: Craft Stick, Lantern

Remember the abstract art we did previously? If you don’t, check it out here.

We are going to make a lantern out of that art piece today.

Craft Stick Lantern

Paste 4 craft sticks to form a square on the art piece

Paste more sticks until you get 4 squares

Cut and paste the end together. Cover the bottom and stick a tea light in the middle.

I made another using Panda as the motive and I find it really cool :D

Using crayons, I drew a couple of pandas on a tracing paper

Like this :)

Cover it with another tracing paper

Iron. Again, please be careful while handling hot iron. Make sure the little ones are no where nearby.

Cut and glue together

Nice :)

Accordion fold red packet butterfly

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Butterfly, Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Insect crafts, Paper Crafts, Party Craft | Posted on 08-02-2010 | 10,183 views

Tags: Butterfly, Chinese New Year craft, paper craft, Red packet craft

Accordion fold red packet butterfly

Cut the red packet as you'll need only a side and not both.

Fold it accordion style. You'll need to do two of this.

Pinch the middle and cut it into two different sizes.

Staple in the middle to secure it.

Spread the wings and your butterfly is done. Use a double sided tape to secure it onto your window panes or wall :)

If you have any butterfly ideas, do share it with us here and we’ll link it back to you :)

Red Packet Seashell Tree Ornament

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Paper Crafts, Party Craft | Posted on 29-01-2010 | 17,176 views

Tags: Ang Pau, Chinese New Year craft, Paper Crafts, Red packet craft

This red packet seashell tree ornament is extremely easy to do. This Chinese New Year, let’s do one :)

Red Packet Seashell Tree Ornament

Fold the red packet in half.

Cut the folded side of the packet into strips measuring about 0.5cm each. Make sure you leave about 1 cm around the edges before you start cutting, as you are going to staple the edges together later.

Open up the folded red packet. Bring together two opposite corners and staple them together. Poke a hole through one of the ends, put a thread through it and tie a knot in the end of the thread.

Come and share with us your creative Chinese New Year craft ideas by submitting it here :D

Red Packet Fish Lantern

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Paper Crafts, Party Craft | Posted on 21-01-2010 | 69,928 views

Tags: Ang Pao, Chinese New Year craft, Fish, Lantern, Red packet craft

This year, I want to hang some Ang Pow fish in my porch :)

Red Packet Fish Lantern

You will need 18 Ang Pows (Red Packet) of same designs.

First, make sure all 18 ang pows are sealed. Some ang pow came with self adhesive, some don't. For those that do not have self adhesive, use some glue to seal off the ang pows.

Fold the all 18 ang pow slightly into half at the top and bottom. Do not fold the whole ang pow until there is a straight line, only fold for a tiny marking.

Fold all 18 ang pows at the corners.

Stapler 2 top corners of 2 ang pows together. Stapler another 2 more ang pows to form the fish body like the picture above. You will need to make 2 of these shape.

Stapler all the side together to form the fish body.

Fold 2 ang pows into halves. Arrange the ang pows just like the picture shown above and stapler them together.

Stapler the mouth piece to the body piece as shown in the picture.

Fold 2 ang pows into halves. Stapler one of the folded ang pow on the top of the fish body as shown. Stapler the other folded ang pow into the fin. Repeat the fish fins instruction for the bottom side of the fish body.

Fold the rest of the ang pows into halves, there should be 4 ang pows left. Take 2 ang pows and stapler them as shown above. Do the same for the rest of the ang pows. Stapler one tail onto the body of the fish first, then stapler the second one.

Put a string through the top fin of your fish and hang it. Your lantern is done :)

Red Packet Fan Tree Ornament

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Craft from Recycled Materials, Festive Crafts, Paper Crafts, Party Craft | Posted on 14-01-2010 | 19,809 views

Tags: Ang Pao, Chinese New Year craft, fan, Red packet craft

The versatile red packet can be transformed into basically anything. Today, we shall make a fan out of it :)

Red Packet Fan Tree Ornament

Fold the red packet in half

Fold again so that the two ends meet in the middle.

Open and you'll get these lines

Fold according to the line as shown above

You'll get this. Fold it in half and glue.

Your fan is ready. Use a needle to put thread through it and hang :)

If you have nice Chinese New Year crafts, do share it with us by submitting it here and we’ll link it back to you :)

Red Packet Fish Tree Ornament

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Craft from Recycled Materials, Festive Crafts, Fish, Paper Crafts, Party Craft | Posted on 12-01-2010 | 27,016 views

Tags: Ang Pao, Chinese New Year craft, Red packet craft

This Chinese New Year, let’s hang up some fish on the bamboo tree :D

Red packet fish ornament

Draw a line in the middle of the red packet.

Draw the tail and cut. Cut a small square as the mouth too.

Glue the tail together. Use a needle to put a thread through a fin and hang :)

Red packet fish ornament

Have other great Chinese New Year crafts ideas? Share it with us by submitting it here and we’ll link it back to you. Thank you :)

Fortune Cookie Fridge Magnet

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Crafts by Materials, Felt, Festive Crafts, Fridge Magnets, Party Craft | Posted on 05-01-2010 | 11,394 views

Tags: Chinese New Year craft, Fortune Cookie, Fridge Magnet

This Chinese New Year, let’s make some fortune cookie fridge magnets for our guests :D

Fortune Cookie Fridge Magnet

Cut a circle out of a piece of felt.

Circle cutout and a piece of fortune note.

Paste as shown above.

Bend it and glue to secure. Insert the fortune note and glue a magnet at the back. Your fortune cookie fridge magnet is done :D

If you have interesting Chinese New Year ideas to share, do submit your crafts here and we’ll link it back to you :)

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