Chinese New Year is approaching and for those who celebrate it, January 25th will mark the new year of the Rat. According to, here are some characteristics of the Rat: “Optimistic and energetic, people born in the Rat year are likable by all. They are sensitive to other’s emotions but are stubborn with your opinion. Their personality is kind, but due to weak communication skills, their words may seem impolite and rude. On the financial side, they like saving and can be stingy. However, their love for hoarding will sometimes cause them to waste money on unnecessary things.”

Do you need some effortless Chinese New Year DIY ideas? We are so happy to share the best ones with you. Chinese New Year decorations can be more than lucky red envelopes so here are some ideas for your big dinner. You will be surprised to find out that they are so easy to make. The ultimate trick for this is to use free party printables. Once you discover the world of free printables, you will get addicted to making your own party supplies. And the best thing is that they don’t cost much. You can click on each image and download the ones you need. Then, you can print as many as you need.

From napkin rings to a customized menu, and bottle labels, you can make all kinds of party supplies. Let’s go through these awesome ideas together and pick the best ones for you!

Chinese New Year DIY Napkin Rings

No table setting is complete without the napkin rings. You can click the images to download the designs that you want. On each page, there are a total of 10 rings. The best thing is that you have four awesome designs available. They are all within the same color scheme, which means that you can do some mixing and matching. This is perfect if you prefer colorfulness, but still, have a tastefully decorated table.


Customizable Chinese New Year Menus

Let your guests know what is on the New Year menu! Traditionally, Chinese banquet-style meals are 10 courses so be sure you have an appetite! If you want to take your party to the next level, you will definitely want these customizable menus. This little detail is so decorative and useful at the same time. Since the food is very important, it will allow the guests to have a sneak peek into the foods that they will enjoy shortly after.

There are two sophisticated designs to choose from. The best thing is that you can easily customize them according to your needs. All you need to do is download the design, edit with Microsoft Word 2007 or higher, and print as many as you want. If you want to bring personality, then print them blank. Later, you can write the courses on the paper. Handwriting works perfectly if you are looking forward to bring a little bit of personality.


If you were thinking that you can get away without a festive banner, you are so wrong. There is something special about a banner that marks the occasion. And this time, you don’t have to go to the expensive party supply store and spend money. All you have to do is click on the image, download the design, and print it. Use lightweight cardstock for the best results. Take your pick from the Chinese or English one.

Water Bottle Labels

As a host, you will make sure that everyone has their glasses full. But, there is one thing that most hosts forget about-water. When you are eating a New Year’s meal your guests will no doubt need water. Instead of having to go to the kitchen, you can keep your guests hydrated by introducing cute bottles. All you need to do is get a cheap large package of small water bottles and print these cool labels. Despite looking decorative, everyone will be able to help themselves.

When you have these great ideas and free printables ready to download, we are sure that you will organize the best party ever. What do you think? Which one of these Chinese New Year DIY ideas is your personal favorite? Feel free to let us know in the comments below!

Until next year, have a safe, healthy and prosperous Lunar New Year!


***Printables are easy and fun for all your special occasions and something you can do at home! You can always go to your nearest FedEx Kinkos, Staples or local print shop to have your decorations printed out, but if you want to make an investment for yourself to print at home, here are some suggestions for you.


I currently use this Canon Color ImageCLASS MF644Cdw All-in-one printer – it is perfect for the office because it scans and faxes (if people fax anymore?) The best thing about it is that it is FAST because it is a laser printer, and wireless. There is no need to hook up any cords anymore. For replacement toners for this printer, it is always advisable to use Canon products for most effectiveness. However, another alternative is Uniwork’s compatible toner cartridges. Having cardstock at home is always useful for printable projects like these. Neenah is a trusted brand for paper and 65lb card stock weight is suitable for name cards and menus. A brighter finish also makes your prints pop up a little more.

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