With聽Chinese New Year coming up soon, now is a great time to up your game for the two-week-long party. You鈥檝e probably got聽your聽Chinese New Year menu down by now, but don鈥檛 let all that food distract you from the most important part of the party 鈥 the decor! From lanterns to little red envelopes to fortune cookies, these Chinese New Year decor DIYs will bring some major聽luck聽and good fortune to your Year of the Monkey聽partay.

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1.聽DIY Paper Lanterns: These paper lanterns are a must-have for any Chinese celebration. To give 鈥檈m a more unique look, throw聽in another pop of color with聽the traditional red-and-gold theme. Pro tip: Instead of string, hang them from Christmas lights to light up the night.聽(via Creative Jewish Mom)

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2.聽DIY Customized Champagne聽Bottles: If you鈥檝e got a knack for calligraphy, show off your skills by聽customizing聽champagne bottles for the聽celebratory bubbly. To create the decorative trim, simply overlay the bottle messages atop Chinese-inspired decorative paper. These make for great party favors. (via 100 Layer Cake)

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3. DIY Knit聽Red Pockets: In China, the red packet is called yasui qian,which literally translates to 鈥渟uppressing ghosts money鈥澛燼nd is thought to give聽its recipients a聽safe and peaceful year.聽The red color is significant because it is thought to bring energy, happiness and good luck. Put a unique twist on this customary tradition by crocheting them. (via Ice Pandora)

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4.聽DIY Drink Stirrer: Don鈥檛 forget the decorations for your drinks! Add a Chinese-inspired drink stirrer like this cluster of plastic Chinese coins, or get creative with your own take.聽(via Boulder Locavore)

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5.聽DIY Waffle Fortune Cookies: Life really WILL聽get a little sweeter thanks to these delicious gourmet fortune cookies. If you鈥檙e drooling for something a tad bit fancier than the usual fortune cookies, try out this sweet little recipe that鈥檒l have everyone asking聽for it.聽(via Thirsty for Tea)

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6. DIY Origami聽Invitations: Though the art of origami is widely popular in Japanese culture, its聽history also dates back to ancient China.聽Play on origami鈥檚 dual聽cultural origins by meshing Japanese origami cranes with Chinese invitation cards that have the Chinese symbol for聽鈥淣ew Year鈥 on one side and details of the celebration on the other.聽(via The Sewing Sessions)

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7. DIY Lantern Riddles: To keep your family聽entertained, hang riddles or Chinese New Year greetings on notecards from your lanterns. Your cousins will love trying to out-guess each聽other!聽(via PBS Parents)

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8. DIY Chinese New Year Cake Topper: Ready for the coolest cake you鈥檝e ever had on the Chinese New Year? Well, you will be once you put together this one-of-a-kind cake topper. Don鈥檛 worry 鈥 the thorough instructions make this DIY a piece of cake ;) (via Tinsel and Trim)

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9. DIY Clay Fortune Cookies: Treat your family members to pretty clay fortune cookie favors to take home once the festivities come to an end. You can even leave personal messages for each of your aunts and uncles inside! Just make sure the slips of paper are long enough to peek聽out from the edges before you bake them.聽(via Lil鈥 Luna)

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10. DIY聽Chinese Lantern聽Embroidery: If you鈥檙e a fan of all things teeny tiny, you鈥檒l love this adorable embroidered lantern. Use聽this quick and easy downloadable pattern, thread some floss through the lantern鈥檚 handle and you鈥檙e done. Plus, this makes for a great activity to keep idle hands occupied!聽(via Wild Olive)

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