With Chinese New Year just round the corner, we give you tips and tricks that you can do to spruce up your home! <small> Cover image via ikeadecoration.com </small>
1. Red Cushion Covers. Out with the old and in with the new! You can buy red cushion cases to replace it on your old ones to bring in more colour to your home!
Bring your living room to life with this simple tip. Replace your old cushion covers with bright red ones. It's sure to usher in the festive mood straight away!</p> <p>
2. Mandarin Oranges. It doesn’t take a lot to spruce up your home. Put mandarin oranges in a presentable bowl as the centrepiece, preferably on the dining table or the living room table.
Mandarin oranges are said to symbolise good fortune and luck, so it doesn't hurt to have an abundance of them right in the middle of your house!</p> <p>
3. Make Zodiac Origamis. Instead of using the traditional angpows as decorations, why not try your hand out at origami making? It’s fun, different and unique!
4. Chinese Lanterns. If you want a more elegant look, use Chinese lanterns made of paper. You can get one at IKEA and use coloured paper to brighten it up like this one!
5. Gold And Black. To make your guests at the table feel in awe, use a gold bowl or a plate as the base. Take something black as a contrast while a fan can be the final piece. As an added measure, add in personalised names on each seat.
6. Lighted Wine Bottles. Use old wine bottles filled with fairy lights.
Use your meters of Christmas lights to brighten up your home! Here's a simple guide.</p>
7. CNY Themed Swissrolls. Do you fancy baking? Why not use those skills to make Chinese New Year themed Swissrolls? You can work in CNY details like cherry blossoms as well! Find out how you can make one here
8. Giant Fortune Kuih. With some creative DIY know how, use brown paper to fashion your own giant fortune cookie.
9. The Lion Head. Don’t throw out that lion head if you have it sitting in your closet for ages! You can repurpose it as a wall piece in your house and will be the talking point for guests coming in.
10. Flowers. Flowers are a great tool for decorating your home. Use vases with pine or fir branches and tangerines to decorate tables for Chinese New Year. Branches and fruits create a beautiful colour combination adding to that CNY feel.
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