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Year of the Dog Chinese New Year craft

The Chinese New Year is marked on 16th February 2018, welcoming in the Year of the Dog. Bostik challenged me to come up with a simple craft to tie in with the start of the Chinese New Year. And let me tell you, it was tough.

First, there was a lantern candle holder that involved sticking tissue paper onto a jar. Easy, right? Wrong. I’m not sure how you can be bad at sticking tissue paper onto a jar, but my children managed it. Next, there was a Chinese lantern. The less said about that the better. Until finally, we went back to the candle holder. And did it the easy way.

Chinese New Year Dog candle holder with red tea light in

The Chinese Year of the Dog candle holder – you will need:

  • Web paper or lace
  • A clean jam jar
  • A tea light candle
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A dog shape

scissors, glue, web paper, red tea light, dog shape, empty jar

I made my dog shape by tracing the outline of a photo of Bubbles from the computer. Libby then took the outline and stuck it onto a gold piece of card. I cut around this to get the dog shape.

How to make your Year of the Dog candle holder

  • Take the clean jar and put lines of glue onto it.

empty jar and scissors on wooden table

  • Wrap the web paper or lace around the jar, pressing it firmly onto the glue
  • Glue on the dog shape over the paper
  • Put elastic bands or hair bands around the jar to hold everything in place while it dries.

jar with web paper and dog shape on, fastened with hair bands

  • When dry, remove the hair bands and trim off the edges of the web paper or lace to the size of the jar.
  • Insert the tea light into the jar and carefully light the tea light. I found it easier to lean the jar towards me whilst lighting the tea light.

This is a spectacularly easy craft that took us a few minutes. I can confirm that it is easier than sticking tissue paper on a jar and even my children can’t get it wrong. I love the fact it features our own dog. It would make a lovely gift for a dog owner to mark the start of Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year of the Dog Craft | This is a spectacularly easy craft for children to mark the start of the Chinese New Year of the Dog. This candle holder is made from an upcycled jar, webbing paper or lace and a dog shape that you can make yourself. You will also need a tea light candle, scissors and glue. This easy craft is perfect for making with children and takes only a few minutes.

Please note, we are Bostik bloggers for 2017. We were sent craft materials to allow us to create this post. All views, opinions and spectacular craft fails are our own.


  1. December 14, 2017 / 9:35 am

    Aww, that’s so sweet! l love that you used a silhouette of your own dog, what a great idea! My kids are also bad with tissue paper, they get it all over their hands instead!! 🙂

    • December 18, 2017 / 9:34 pm

      Thank you, yes it seemed that a lot did get onto their hands rather than the pot!

  2. December 20, 2017 / 11:07 am

    That’s a lovely craft for the Year of the Dog and I love how simple it is to make too. It’s amazing how tricky sticking tissue paper on a jar can be!

    • December 20, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      Thank you. And you’re right about the tissue paper, I had no idea!

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