Felt Dumplings

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Felt Dumplings
Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

Dumplings have a resemblance to ancient Chinese coins, making them symbolic of wealth for the Lunar New Year. Make some of these felt versions to wish your family prosperity for the year to come. For more holiday fun, be sure to visit our main Chinese New Year page, as well as our favorite Chinese New Year crafts, Chinese New Year recipes, Chinese New Year books, and learn about Chinese Astrology too!

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What you'll need

  • Tan felt
  • Scissors
  • Low temp hot glue gun
  • 2 pairs of tweezers
Helpful Tip:

Ask your local craft supply store about low temp glue guns. This craft can be made with white craft glue but it takes much longer to dry. You can hold the edges of the dumpling together with mini clothespins while they dry. For smaller children don't bother with crimping the edges, simply glue them closed.

How to make it

  1. Cut felt into 3" diameter circles

  2. Cut the scraps of felt that are left over into small pieces.

  3. Place the small pieces of felt into the center of the felt circles; this will serve as the dumpling filling.

  4. Fold the felt circle in half to form the dumpling.

  5. Parents should line the inside edge of the top of the dumpling with hot glue.

  6. Use tweezers, one in each hand, to pinch the top of the dumpling together, like you would dumpling dough.

  7. Allow to dry.

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