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8 Lazy Yet Lucky Last Minute Décor To Get Ready For CNY

8 Lazy Yet Lucky Last Minute Décor To Get Ready For CNY

These simple décor ideas will help get your home ready for Chinese New Year celebrations.

Adeline Leong

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Did anyone feel like we have not properly celebrated Chinese New Year for a long time?

Chances are, some of us may have forgotten to decorate the house with vibrant décor and are now scrambling to make the house feel festive.

To make it easier, here are some lazy yet lucky décor ideas to quickly liven up the home in time for the celebrations.

1. Lanterns

Image: fanjianhua/ Freepik

You can’t go wrong with lanterns because it’s pretty much a staple CNY décor. Whether it’s store-bought or handmade, the lanterns can be used as outdoor décor.

Families with young children can turn it into an arts and crafts project too with some coloured paper, scissors, threads and glue.

2. Lucky wish banners

Image: China Digital Times

Make guests feel welcome with lucky wishes banners or couplets on both sides of the doorframe.

The Chinese words on the red banners typically wish everyone who enters the house good health, wealth and prosperity.

3. Good Fortune stickers

Good Fortune ‘Fuk’ sticker or ornament. Image: Aliexpress

Another minimalist décor approach is to put up Good Fortune (Fuk) stickers or ornaments. It adds to the festive atmosphere at home without much fuss.

Fun fact: It can even be put up upside down and it still means the same.

4. Lucky bamboo plant

Image: ProFlowers

The lucky bamboo plant is another popular décor whenever CNY rolls around.

Despite their various sizes, these lucky bamboos are usually arranged neatly in a shallow pot or can be twisted into beautiful shapes.

As such, these plants are sometimes given as gifts to loved ones too.

5. Pussy willow tree

Image: Sweetlife & Co

The pussy willow tree is a classic décor that can last all year round. It’s easily recognizable due to its white-grey furry buds.

In current times, these furry buds are dyed in various colours such as red, yellow, orange or fuchsia.

If you want to have fun and add pops of colours to your home, getting a pussy willow tree might be a great idea to consider.

You can even decorate the tree with tiny ornaments such as gold ingot, lucky cat or the Chinese infinity knot. Think of it like a CNY tree.

6. Lucky plants

Dancing Ladies orchids. Image: Shopee

If you prefer to decorate your home with plants, you’re in luck because there are many other lucky plants according to Chinese culture.

Some of the plants that are believed to bring luck are the jade plant, money plant, Kalanchoes, Dancing Ladies orchids and tangerine (kumquat) trees.

These plants are believed to bring joy, luck and abundance into the home and who wouldn’t want that?

7. Ang pau fish

Ang pau fish. Image: Kaytee

Ang pau fishes make cute decors and it’s sure to be a hit among young children.

No matter the size of the ang pau fish, it can be hung up as a wall décor with the lanterns or act as a standalone décor piece on the table.

Hanging up ang pau fishes as ornaments symbolises a play on the words ‘Nian nian you yu’ which means wishing everyone else abundance every year.

Making ang pau fishes is also an opportunity to use up all the old ang pau packets for decorative purposes.

Making the ang pau fishes together with the family can be a bonding activity too.

8. Add CNY colours

Adding in hints of red at home. Image: Ikea

If all else fails, one of the quickest ways to brighten things up at home is to use CNY colours to your advantage.

Some of the colours to use are red, orange, yellow, gold and pink. There are several ways you can implement these colours into your home décor.

For starters, you can get cushion covers for the living room or coloured napkins if you’re hosting a family dinner at home.


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