Thursday, February 19, 2015

Crafting with my kids: Lunar New Year 2015 Year of the Sheep, Goat, Ram

Today marks the first day of the Lunar New Year festival.  This year is the year of the goat or the sheep (as I understand it there is no distinction in the Mandarin language between these animals whereas English language has more categories).

For the last several years, my daughters and I have been crafting our way through the Zodiac.  This year we made sheep by painting on laysee / red money envelopes with cotton balls.
We cut the envelopes open along one long side and both short sides so the envelopes lay flat. The girls dabbed cotton balls in white acrylic paint on the envelope. 

[We have a large stash of laysee in a wide range of styles and shapes.  We like to use them in our CNY crafting (different examples here , here, and here).]
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The white painting is then embellished with black feature (legs, ears, nose, etc.).
The standing sheep are made from yarn, cardboard, and clothespins.  I posted about this Easter project nearly three years ago here.
Happy crafting and for those celebrating we wish you a very healthy and prosperous new year!


  1. I can't wait to do this with Josie! Thank you for the idea! Much more exciting to craft sheep than goats!


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