A children’s craft to celebrate the Chinese New Year

Doesn’t a year of peace and harmony sound appealing? The Chinese New Year begins on February 19, and according to the Chinese zodiac, it will be the Year of the Sheep, and a year of calm. Whether you’re looking for a craft to celebrate the Year of the Sheep, or a springtime craft for kids, take a peek at this Hair-Raising Sheep. I don’t know if he will instill you with calm, but I’m pretty sure he’ll make you smile!

Cute idea for kids! Make your own sheep planter. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Hair-Raising Sheep by Kathleen George. (Note: We used artificial grass for photography purposes.)

If your kids want to get creative with this idea, great! Kathleen shared two other hair-raising critters for inspiration. I think you could also go extra-terrestrial with this idea and make a fun Martian, too.

These are so fun! Kids will love making these planters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

 To make a Hair-Raising Sheep, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One 5” egg and two 3” eggs
  • Acrylic craft paints in black and pink
  • Thick white yarn
  • Wiggly eyes, two 10mm
  • Smooth black button
  • Potting soil, small amount
  • Grass or other quick-growing seed
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife*; pencil; ruler; teaspoon; flat paintbrush; plastic spray bottle

*Note: Be sure to help children as they cut the foam with the plastic knife.

To make a Hair-Raising Sheep:

  1. Cut a thin slice from the narrow end of the 5” egg so that the egg will stand and not roll. Cut another slice from the wide end of the egg, so that the top of the egg is flat. This will be the sheep’s head
  2. Draw a circle on the flat top, ¼” from the edge. Using the teaspoon, dig out the top of the egg, creating a hole that’s 2” deep and ¼” from the sides.
  3. Cut in half width-wise one 3″ egg. Paint the wider half black and let dry. This will be the muzzle.
  4. Cut the remaining 3” egg widthwise, removing the lower third from the wide end. Cut the remaining 2/3 in half for the ears. Using the spoon, carve away the cut end so that the ears will fit against the head. Paint black and let dry.
  5. Glue the muzzle and the ears onto the sheep’s head.
  6. Paint the cheeks pink. Glue on wiggle eyes and add the button nose.
  7. Cut yarn into 1″ to 1-1/2″ lengths. Use white glue to adhere yarn to head in a random pattern of circles and swirls; let dry.
  8. Carefully spoon the potting soil into the hole at the top of the sheep’s head. Firmly press down the dirt. Sprinkle a small amount of grass seed onto the dirt and gently pat down with fingertip. Use the spray bottle to saturate the soil and then place it in a sunny window. Keep the soil moist until the seeds begin to sprout.
Cute ideas for kids -- make your own planter for grass seed. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Celebrate the Year of the Sheep, or the coming of spring, with this cute planter.

Cute, and fun for kids to create. Lots of imagination needed. CraftsnCoffee.com.

A polka dot pig or striped dog? Why not!

Younger kids might enjoy making this Little Lamb with air-dry clay.

Kid's Craft: make a lamb wiith Crayola Model Magic for an easy kids' craft. Crafts 'n Coffee

Little Spring Lamb designed by Kathleen George.

Here’s the fabulous Chinese Dragon Puppet Kathleen George designed and shared with Crafts ‘n Coffee last year. This is a definitely a more involved project for children and adults to make together, and the finished dragon puppet is amazing.

Follow the tutorial to make a Chinese Dragon Puppet for the Chinese New Year (or really, any time). CraftsnCoffee.com

I’m thinking we might celebrate the Chinese New Year with a Chinese dinner next week. How about you?

P.S. It’s Valentine’s Day Week! Have you entered the Crafts, Coffee & Chocolate giveaway?

Happy crafting.


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10 Responses to A children’s craft to celebrate the Chinese New Year

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  3. Sahara Tann says:

    This is awesome and would make a great decoration for Chinese New Year. 🙂

  4. LisaM6 says:

    what a fun idea. I wonder how hard it would be to make a horse head. hmmm Sending this idea off to a friend. Gotta love all these great ideas.

    • Sharon says:

      I think you could totally make a horse. Hmm . . . or a bunny, or bird, or, you name it. Which makes me think this could be a great craft for 4H groups. Thanks for the suggestion, Lisa.

  5. studiorose says:

    That dragon is fabulous! I actually rather love the spotty pig, too!

    • Sharon says:

      “Spotty pig”– ha, ha. He’s pretty cute, isn’t he? And so much more fun to make these critters whimsical. Totally agree about the dragon, too. Amazing! Sharon

  6. These are so adorable!! So many different animals can be made using these! I might give a monkey a try since my granddaughter LOVES Curious George! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Sharon says:

      I bet your granddaughter would love his crazy green “hair-do”, too. Wouldn’t it be fun to watch a group of kids make these, and see how each child is inspired to create his/her own critter? I bet there would be so many creative ideas. Happy creating! Sharon

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