Chinese New Year Banners Printable and Translations for Kids

Chinese New Year Banners

To celebrate Lunar New Year, families decorate their homes with red banners in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and other countries. In addition to being beautiful, Chinese banners feature welcoming greetings painted in calligraphy. Now, you can decorate your school or home with our printable Chinese New Year banners!

Printable Chinese New Year decoration craft for home or school activities

Our printable Chinese banners come with information sheets that answer questions like:

  • What are Chinese New Year banners?
  • How do you say banners in Chinese?
  • How do you decorate a home or school with Chinese banners?
What are Chinese banners? Lunar New Year information sheets for classrooms and homeschool.

Print out the banners and information sheets for your Lunar New Year Lesson Plan! It’s bound to be a fun way to introduce Chinese culture to your children or class.

This article was originally published in January 2018 and has since been updated with new information.

Cultural lessons with Chinese New Year banners

In Chinese, banners are called 春联 / 春聯 (chūnlián). That’s because native Chinese speakers refer to the New Year as Spring Festival 春节 / 春節 (chūnjié) to celebrate the arrival of a fresh blooming season.

Although you can buy Chinese decorations, my sister created printable banners for our family and anyone who wants a convenient way to learn and decorate their home. It’s the easiest Chinese New Year craft!

To be honest, when I first began to learn Mandarin with my kids, I was reluctant to incorporate culture. Growing up in a small, non-diverse town, I never saw Lunar New Year decorations. Even now, in contrast to my sister, who currently lives in a diverse city and has traveled to Asia several times, Chinese culture is relatively new to me.

I’m so grateful that my sister made these banners to bring culture into our home. And we hope your family and school can enjoy them, too!

DIY cardboard market with Chinese decorations and dim sum toys
Red banners, firecrackers, paper lanterns, lucky envelopes, and dim sum play food at our cardboard Chinese market!

The Chinese greetings were hard to pronounce during our first couple of years of decorating.

Now, for nearly a decade, my kids and I have gotten used to setting up a few decorations for the Spring Festival.

My children have grown up quickly, and I’ve learned a lot, too. We can say, read, and understand many of these Chinese messages.

One year, we even went all out and made a cardboard Chinese market! But that’s totally not necessary. You can keep the experience as simple as you’d like.

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How to decorate with Chinese New Year Banners

Chinese New Year Banners Printable Activity and Craft for School and Home

Hanging red banners around the house creates a print-rich environment for learning Chinese. Through Chinese Lunar New Year books, I’ve also learned that banners are hung in certain ways at home, schools, or businesses.

1. Vertical couplets

Traditionally, long red scrolls are hung in pairs (couplets) around doors and windows to welcome new guests.

2. Horizontal banners

Typically, a long, rectangle-shaped Chinese banner is hung above doors.

3. Diamond banners

On doors, a diamond-shaped 福 Chinese character is often hung upside down. 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) can represent that your 福 is upside down and your 福 is pouring out.

倒 also sounds like 到 (dào / arrive). In other words, it’s a wish for good fortune to arrive all over your place.

As for 春, some friends have seen this Chinese character upside-down, while others have remarked that it’s less common.

Examples of decorating with Chinese couplets

Here’s where we put Chinese red banners in our home.

Lunar New Year Spring Festival couplets and upside-down diamond 福 decoration for home or school
Chinese banners decorating a door in our home
Decorating a door for Lunar New Year with firecrackers and banners!
Decorating for Lunar New Year with DIY Chinese firecrackers and banners!

However, reality with young children means that many banners are in random parts of our home. Who can relate?!

Download printable Chinese banners

To save time, download and print the Lunar New Year decorations from the links below.

Cutting red paper featuring Chinese blessings with a paper trimmer
Using a paper cutter to cut banners, simplified Chinese solid font version

Other supplies for making Chinese red banners

  1. Printer
  2. Red printer paper or cardstock paper
  3. Scissors and/or paper cutter
  4. Wall putty
  5. Optional:
    • Gold leaf pen – recommended for shiny results
    • Gold Sharpie marker
    • Biodegradable gold glitter and liquid glue
    • Glitter glue if you’re tracing only a couple of banners. If you’re making a large batch of banners, your hands will be sore from squeezing the bottle!
    • Black paint and paintbrush

How to prepare Chinese banners for Lunar New Year

  1. Print banners template.
  2. Cut along the solid or dotted lines (depending on the desired shape).
  3. Optional: Trace or color each Chinese character with gold or black art supplies.
  4. Hang up on walls and doors with wall putty.

*TIP: If your child has trouble remembering Chinese characters, use the solid font (instead of outline font) for more visual input.

Printable red banners for Lunar New Year
Chinese Banner in simplified Chinese outline font

Common Chinese greetings on Lunar New Year couplets

Here are popular Chinese New Year greetings included in our festive printables.

Vertical couplets

  1. 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!)
  2. 恭喜发财 / 恭喜發財 (Gōngxǐ fācái / May you have a prosperous New Year, or literally Congratulations and Make Money!)
  3. 年年有余 / 年年有餘 (Nián nián yǒu yú / Have overflowing abundance every year)
  4. 五福临门 / 五福臨門 (Wǔ fú lín mén / 5 blessings come upon your door)
  5. 身体健康 / 身體健康 (Shēntǐ jiànkāng / Wishing you great health)
  6. 心想事成 (Xīn xiǎng shì chéng / Best wishes)
  7. 花开富贵 / 花開富貴 (Huā kāi fùguì / May wealth bloom as flowers bloom)
  8. 吉祥如意 (Jíxiáng rúyì / Big fortune)
  9. 新年快乐 / 新年快樂 (Xīnnián kuàilè / Happy New Year!)
  10. 出入平安 (Chūrù píng’ān / Peace and safety wherever you go)

Diamond banner

  1. 福 (fú / happiness)
  2. 春 (chūn / spring)

Horizontal banner

欢迎光临 / 歡迎光臨 (Huānyíng guānglín / Welcome)

Christian Chinese Banners

In our humble opinion, traditional greetings are too focused on luck and wealth, which we try to de-empathize in our daily parenting. As a Christian family, we wanted to display blessings that reflect our beliefs. Many thanks to Stream of Praise worship songs for teaching us Christian blessings in Mandarin.

Vertical banners with Christian blessings

  1. 耶稣爱你 / 耶穌愛你 (Yēsū ài nǐ / Jesus loves me)
  2. 爱在我家 / 愛在我家 (Ài zài wǒjiā / Love in my home)
  3. 十架之光 (Shí jià zhī guāng / Light of the Cross)
  4. 神真美好 (Shén zhēn měi hǎo / God is great)
  5. 常常喜乐 / 常常喜樂 (Cháng cháng xǐ lè / Always rejoice)
  6. 以马内利 / 以馬內利 (Yǐ mǎ nèi lì / Emanuel)
  7. 主赐平安 / 主賜平安 (Zhǔ cì píng’ān / Lord gives peace)
  8. 福杯满溢 / 福杯滿溢 (Fú bēi mǎn yì / May your cup overflow with blessings)
Tracing Chinese characters with gold leaf paint pen
Chinese Christian banners in simplified Chinese; gold leaf pen for tracing

Diamond banner with a Christian blessing

  1. 恩 (Ēn / grace)

Decorating Chinese banners

In the next photo, my daughter was focused on tracing each Chinese character with a gold leaf pen following Chinese stroke order.

Tracing Chinese characters with gold leaf paint pen
Gold leaf pen (left) is brighter than glitter gel pen (right)

Here are some wonderful pictures that parents and teachers have shared with me on Instagram!

smiling child holding Chinese New Year craft
Spring Festival Banners with Happy Lunar New Year message

Below is a colorful version that we made nearly a decade ago. In the original version, I used SongTi font, which is more block-like. However, I have been gradually switching all of my printables to KaiTi font, the standard Chinese font, so that the Chinese characters look more like calligraphy.

Colorful Chinese New Year decorations

And here’s a gorgeous pair of banners a mom shared with me. We love seeing how much fun your children and students have during Lunar New Year.

Printable Chinese New Year red couplets

Get Your Chinese banners here!

Did you decorate your home or school with lucky red Chinese banners?

If you decorate your home, school, or office with our Chinese banners, we’d love to see how they look! Please share in the comments below or send us an email!

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8 Comments

  1. I love your Christian banners so much! How long do I leave banners up and can old banners be recycled?
    Thank you and Happy Lunar New Year!

    LinYee

  2. Great materials. My students enjoyed writing the red banners. Love it for there’re simplified and traditional Chinese! Xin Nian Kuai Le!

  3. Carolina Merino Martínez says:

    Thank you very much for sharing.
    Our home is ready for Chinese New Year 😊

    1. You’re welcome, Carolina! Happy Lunar New Year!

  4. Thank you for helping us prepare for the Lunar New Year! Do you have a printable horizontal banner too?

  5. To you and to your sister, thank you very much for the Chinese New Year banners! They helped us decorate our Kinder classroom to get the kids excited about CNE (:

    1. You’re most welcome! I’m so glad to hear that the students could decorate with these Chinese banners! Happy New Year!

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