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Make: Double Happiness Symbol for Chinese New Year

Double Happiness Symbol

The Chinese New Year celebrations started yesterday, but I’m hoping it’s not too late to share a fun project with you. (The party lasts for two weeks, so we’re good, right?)

Paper-cutting is very popular in China, so Lily and I thought it would be fun to introduce the art form to her class during our annual Chinese New Year party. We cut out shuang xi, which means “double happiness.” The character xi means “joy,” so when you fold and cut the paper just the right way, you get two of them. Hence the double happiness!

To make your own Double Happiness symbols, you just need red construction paper in the 9″ X 12″ family, a pencil, scissors, and the Shuang Xi Template.

I spotted the idea at Owl on a Brain Tree and normally I would just link to the site, but I also created a template to make the project easier for you. But you can hop over to their website to get specifics on how to cut your shuang xi.

On a side note, Lily’s magical teacher, Mrs. Elbe, is really good at getting kids to make connections, whether it’s person-to-person, person-to-text, person-to-self, etc. A fun connection that happened during the party was that a lot of the kids in the class are German and we talked about how paper-cutting, or scherenschnitte, is a very popular art form in Germany, too.

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  1. Such a great craft and such a cute smile. Your daughter is lucky to have such a good teacher.

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Grace! We’ve been very fortunate with our children’s teachers.

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