DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Chinese New Year Wreath

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

The first of the twelve years is the Year of the Rat.  This is followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

year of the snake wreath

2009 is the year of the ox, making 2010 the tiger, 2010 the rabbit and so on.


  • Ring of cardboard (empty cereal boxes work wonderfully)
  • construction paper (red and yellow)
  • scissors,
  • glue,
  • small piece of wool


  • Trace a small plate and a large plate onto a piece of old cardboard.
  • Empty cereal boxes or frozen dinner boxes work well as a source of recycled cardboard.
  • It doesn't matter if you go over the folds of the cardboard
trace plate
  • Cut a small strip of cardboard and glue it onto the back of the ring over any folds in the cardboard.
  • This will reinforce the ring.
  • Cut strips of construction paper (about 1 1/2 inches by 4 inches).
  • Glue the strips into rolls (like making a paper chain)

reinforce wreath

  • Glue the rolls of construction paper onto the wreath.  Alternate red and gold
  • Use the template pieces below for the snake.
  • Tape a small piece of wool to the snake and the wreath so it hangs in the middle.
  • Glue the "Year of the Snake" sign to the bottom of the wreath.

year of the snake wreath


Dog Template        (color)    (B&W)

Dragon Template  (color)    (B&W)

Horse Template    (color)    (B&W)

Monkey Template (color)    (B&W)

Ox Template          (color)    (B&W)

Pig Template         (color)    (B&W)

Rabbit Template    (color)    (B&W)

Rat Template          (color)    (B&W)

Rooster Template (color)    (B&W)

Sheep Template    (color)    (B&W)

Snake Template    (color)    (B&W)

Tiger Template      (color)    (B&W)



Printable version of these instructions