Chinese New Year Crafts
There are thousands of different types of New Year crafts in different part of China. The following is just a list of the most popular items.
Upside Down Fu
The most popular Chinese New Year crafts are probably the upside down character of "Fu". "Fu" in Chinese means luck, happiness, and prosperity. The upside down means coming. So this craft means luck, happiness, and prosperity is coming. Usually the "Fu" is written on a diamond shape paper with red background. People normally post the "Fu" on front door or on the wall of the living room.
Also called antithetical couplet. It is a pair of lines of poetry usually hand written on red paper and pasted on the front. The two lines correspond in their metrical length and some properties of each character, such as meaning and tone. The ideal for a duilian is to have few words but deep meaning. For this reason, they use one character per word, as in much Classical Chinese.
The type of lantern used in Chinese New Year is usually decorated with red paper shell. Some lantern has candles inside for illustration. Most are just made of red paper for decoration purpose only. In Chinese New Year, the lantern is usually hanging in front of the door or inside the house. In some part of China, lantern is a must for Yuan Xiao festival (15th of the first month of the traditional Chinese calendar).
Year Paint is a piece of big hand drawing paint. Usually, the size is at least 3 by 3 feet. Normally the Year Paint is hanged in the most prominent place of the living room. The most popular subjects on the paint are mountains, tiger, long living god, children, etc.
Papercutting is a piece of art that cut from paper, usually red paper in China. Most popular subjects are animals, human, flowers, or the character of "Xi" means happiness. In Chinese New Year, most papercutting were stick on windows, some are placed on wall or front door.
A door god is a Chinese decoration placed on each side of an entry to a temple, home, business, etc., believed to keep evil from entering.