In preparation of Chinese New Year, homes are adorned with beautiful calligraphy banners that bear messages of health and prosperity. Traditionally, the Chinese New Year banners are displayed in pairs around doors and windows to welcome new guests into the new year. My sister generously created printable Chinese banners for my kids, and we’re happy to share them with your family!
Please note that standard Chinese New Year decorations are the auspicious red and gold colors. Last year, we had fun decorating the kids’ play area with beautiful Chinese New Year banners, and we are excited to put these up again! However, since my daughter loves rainbows, you’ll see colorful Chinese banners in our photos here!
Important words and phrases included on the printable Chinese banners
Vertical Chinese New Year banners:
- 大吉大利 (Dàjí dàlì / Happy and prosperous) – Also part of the saying 大吉大利晚上吃鸡 (Dà jí dà lì wǎn shàng chī jī / Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!)
- 恭喜发财 / 恭喜發財 (Gōngxǐ fācái / May you have a prosperous New Year, or literally Congratulations and Make Money!)
- 春风得意 / 春風得意 (Chūnfēngdéyì / Receive Prosperity as Spring is Welcome
- 龙凤大发 / 龍鳳大發 (Lóngfèng dà fā / Big fortune)
- 身体健康 / 身體健康 (Shēntǐ jiànkāng / Wishing you great health)
- 心想事成 (Xīn xiǎng shì chéng / Best wishes)
- 花开富贵 / 花開富貴 (Huā kāi fùguì / May wealth bloom as flowers bloom)
- 吉祥如意 (Jíxiáng rúyì / Big fortune modern)
- 新年快乐 / 新年快樂 (Xīnnián kuàilè / Happy New Year!)
- 出入平安 (Chūrù píng’ān / Peace and safety wherever you go)
Diamond Chinese New Year banner:
- 福 (fú / happiness)
You will often see the Chinese 福 character upside down to symbolize good fortune pouring out. This is because Chinese traditions often play on words with similar pronunciation. 倒 (dào) means “to invert” and also “to pour out.” Therefore, “你的福倒了” (nǐ de fú dàole) means that your 福 is upside down AND your 福 is pouring over your home or business.
What you need to create Chinese New Year banners
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- Printer (we have this one)
- Colored printer paper or cardstock paper
- Gold Sharpie Marker
- Gold glitter and liquid glue OR glitter glue
How to prepare Chinese New Year banners
- Cut along solid line
- Color each character with gold Sharpie marker
- Add shimmery glitter
- Hang or tape them to the wall!
In the next photo, my daughter is focused on applying glitter glue according to stroke order. Prior to this, she colored each character with a gold Sharpie marker.
Tips for decorating the Chinese New Year Banners
- If you plan on printing and decorating all banners, you may want to consider using tracing the characters with liquid glue and then sprinkling gold glitter over them. Last year, we used glitter glue for more than 10 banners. Unfortunately, we ran out of glitter glue and also our hands were sore from squeezing the bottle! The good news is that my daughter memorized all of the Chinese characters after spending so much time staring at them during the decorating process! 🙂
- You can choose simplified or traditional Chinese characters with SongTi or KaiTi font. Last year, we printed them in SongTi font which you seen in the photos here. This year, I’m gradually updating all of our printables with KaiTi font because this font represents the brush strokes and the stroke order is more evident. Since my daughter is learning to write, I am trying to expose her to KaiTi font more through our printables.
Chinese New Year Banners – Choose your desired language and font and download the free printables!
As always, we are happy to share our printables with you! Please review the Terms & Conditions before downloading any materials.
- Chinese New Year Banners 新宋体 SongTi font – Simplified Chinese
- Chinese New Year Banners 新宋体 SongTi font – Traditional Chinese
- Chinese New Year Banners 标楷体 KaiTi font – Simplified Chinese
- Chinese New Year Banners 標楷體 KaiTi font – Traditional Chinese
Included are the aforementioned 10 Chinese messages on vertical banners plus 福 on a diamond banner. For older kids who are capable of writing or painting Chinese, I have included blank templates so that your family can add your own messages!
Other Chinese New Year resources for children
From CHALK Academy:
- 20+ Fun Chinese New Year Activities for Kids!
- Chinese Zodiac Wheel – Educational Chinese New Year Printable
- 恭喜发财 Chinese New Year Craft Stick Puzzle
- Free Happy New Year Coloring Pages
- Chinese New Year YouTube Videos in Mandarin Chinese
From around the web:
- Christian Chinese New Year Banner Printables/春聯DIY (Spot of Sunshine)
- How to Decorate for Chinese New Year (Chinese American Family)
- How to Decorate for Chinese New Year: The Top 7 Decorations (China Highlights)
Where to buy Chinese books for kids
For more Chinese book recommendations for kids, please visit and bookmark this link of our favorite books! Every week, I will be adding book reviews to this website!
If you’re wondering where to buy Chinese books for children, please click here for a list of the most popular online bookstores!
Free Chinese Books for Kids
- Free Chinese Audiobooks for Children on Ximalaya 喜马拉雅
- Websites and Apps with FREE Multilingual Books for Kids
Advice on how to teach kids Chinese
- How to create a Chinese learning environment at home
- Teach Your Child a Second Language at Home with 5 Key Steps
- Raising Multilingual Children as a Non-Fluent Parent: 7 Lessons Learned in 2018
- How To Get Your Child To Speak the Minority Language
- Encourage A Child to Love and Speak the Minority Language with 5 Strategies
- How to Find a Foreign Language Teacher for Your Child
- 5 Reasons Books are the Best Gifts for Multilingual Kids
- Teach kids how to read Chinese