This fun and easy craft is a great way to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year on February 10, 2013. Considering this is the year of the Snake, I wanted to create something a little cuter... so this Lucky Tree fits the bill! The fruits can be clementines or oranges... whatever you wish!

For this project you will need:

  • brown markers
  • colored dot sale stickers
  • yellow, white and red paper
  • gold glitter and glue
  • a thin, black marker
  • decorative stickers, like goldfish
  • a glue stick and regular glue
  • scissors

1. Using your glue stick, center a small white piece of paper on a larger red piece to create a nice 'frame'. Prepare a vase shape by cutting it out of yellow paper. Gather some dot stickers {can be found in any dollar store} and cut the green ones in half to use as leaves later.

2. Glue your vase shape on the white paper and draw some branches with a brown marker like the ones below.

3. Now peel stickers off and attach to the branches for the fruits. Orange stickers work best... I used red because that's a lucky color for Chinese New Year. This is definitely the funnest part for kids! Peel some green cut stickers and use them as leaves. Use your thin black marker to add some faces to the fruits if you wish!

4. For some final touches, add gold glitter around your picture. Lastly, add a sticker to the vase. A goldfish is perfect for the occasion!

Every year I try and attend the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown. It is a fun and educational event for children with awesome confetti, fire crackers and great food. Here is a link to this year's parade:http://betterchinatown.com/

Ashley Lucas is a local illustrator and crafts designer based in Jersey City, NJ. She is the author and illustrator of various children's books and has contributed to such popular sites as eHow and ModernMom. Her specialties in include holiday crafting and making art 'cute' for young children! Ashley currently teaches weekly crafting classes with JCFamilies.

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Comment by Ashley Lucas on January 19, 2013 at 2:57pm
Hey Moms... Just a little note about this 'Lucky Tree Craft'. I did this project with some of my classes this week and the kids really loved it. It is truly something they can do on their own... and they have a great time peeling the stickers to make fruits! Please do let me know if you get a chance to try it out ;)

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