Crafting with C: Mandarin Oranges

In line with the Chinese New Year theme, I decided to do a mandarin orange craft with C.

Mandarin oranges are an essential part of the Chinese New Year celebrations. When visiting friends and relatives, it is important to bring along a pair of mandarin oranges for exchange (always in pairs, as Chinese believe that even numbers are auspicious). Why mandarin oranges and not apples? That’s because the word for mandarin oranges sound like luck in Chinese πŸ™‚

Getting started
The materials needed were simple: orange netting, floral tape, a leaf for decoration (optional).

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Floral tape, orange netting and leaves

Making the orange
To make the orange, start with the open end of the netting, flip the netting outwards and roll it towards the sealed end. Really easy!

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Flip open and roll outwards

Here is C at work. She actually did a teaching video, but I’ve yet to figure how to edit and upload the video :p

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C concentrating on her task

Complete the oranges by wrapping floral tape around the sealed end to make the stem, and add the leaf. Ta-da! Completed oranges! A quick 5 minute craft. πŸ™‚

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A pair of oranges to wish all luck in the year of the Snake!

Do you have any simple crafts to share?

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12 thoughts on “Crafting with C: Mandarin Oranges

    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Hi, they are available at neighbourhood craft shops where they sell beads, crochet threads and such. I got mine at Millennium Novelties & Toys at Clementi West St 2. You can also try Elsie departmental store at Ang Mo Kio central πŸ™‚ let me know if you can’t find it I could send you a set.

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