Year of the Monkey Bookmark Craft

Year of the Monkey Bookmark Craft

February 8th is Chinese New Year and it’s the Year of the Monkey, my son’s year! This is what Chinese astrology has to say about people born during the year of the monkey:

Monkey years are believed to be an unlucky for people born in a year of the Monkey. A year of one’s birth sign is believed to be the most unlucky in the 12-year cycle. “Monkeys” (who take Chinese astrology seriously) are particularly careful about their health, love lives, career, and investments in Monkey years. from China Highlights

It’s not all bad news for those who are born in the Year of the Monkey:

People born in a year of the Monkey are witty, intelligent, and have a magnetic personality. Personality traits, like mischievousness, curiosity, and cleverness, make them very naughty. Monkeys are masters of practical jokes, because they like playing most of the time. Though they don’t have any bad intentions, their pranks sometimes hurt the feelings of others. Monkeys are fast learners and crafty opportunists. from China Highlights

It sounds like this is a good year to lay low and read books. To help keep your place, make this Year of the Monkey bookmark craft from author Jennifer DeCristoforo of Lucky Bamboo Book of Crafts: Over 100 Projects & Ideas Celebrating Chinese Culture. She’s my guest author today.

Year of the Monkey bookmark craft


The ‘Year of the Monkey’ is just around the corner and I love sharing crafts with family and friends as part of the celebration! You can visit my craft book website and download a free printable bookmark project and also review the easy steps and other craft tips.

  1. Print out on red construction paper or stiff paper

Year of the Monkey bookmark craft

2. Cut out and punch a hole if adding tassel.

Year of the Monkey bookmark craft

3. Add tassel (optional).

 18 Silk Road Tassels with Gold Caps, $7.55

Want to make your own tassel? Here’s how from We Are Scout.

how to make a tassel

 50 yards Red Satin Rattail Cord Chinese, $3

 200 Gold Beads, $4


Lucky Bamboo Book of Crafts: Over 100 Projects & Ideas Celebrating Chinese Culture by Jennifer DeCristoforo

This is the perfect resource for wonderful ideas and instructions for Chinese craft projects. Chinese New Year crafts, traditional folk crafts, calligraphy, performance, puppetry, zodiac animals and simple Asian projects such as origami are all included with easy, illustrated step-by-step instructions, paired with information on Chinese culture and history. The reproducible template section makes it simple to craft the projects at home, in the classroom, or at events with easily available, inexpensive materials. You can even learn some basic Mandarin!

Jennifer DeCristoforo

Jennifer DeCristoforo is an author, illustrator, teacher, designer and crafter living in Maine.  She holds an M.A. in Art Education from Rhode Island School of Design and has spent years applying her creativity to illustration, art education, gift product design, and educational publishing. She has made many trips to Asia and is inspired daily by her daughter, adopted from Jiangxi Province, China. This is her first book.

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Year of the Monkey Bookmark Craft

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. What a fun activity to do with your son! Love the Chinese New Year and its symbols. I was born in the year of the Pig.
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  2. I don’t want to be unlucky this year!!! 🙁 I’m a gold monkey.
    Now, I’m a sad monkey.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Mommy Monday!

  3. This is a craft that is right down my ally. It looks so easy! We are going to do this. We are going to need new bookmarks for the Kids Classics Challenge!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. My son is a monkey!
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