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Remember These 7 CNY Deco Our Parents Used To Do? Yeah, We Miss That Old School Feel…

They would DIY those decorations!
07 Jan 2022, 05:19 PM
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This article is sponsored by Chek Hup

Nostalgic DIY Chinese New Year decorations

Images via Shahil Pandita/Henry & Co.; Edited by HITZ

Chinese New Year used to be different when we were kids compared to recent years. These days, everything is digital, professionally made, and looks spanking brand new.

However, back then, our parents would put up homemade decorations, everything was practically red, and though things may not seem expensive, the home was filled with love.

Of course, we’re not saying things aren’t great now, but…

Don’t you just miss these childhood memories?

#1 Buying mini mandarin orange trees

Mandarin orange tree as Chinese New Year home deco

Image via Pot Gardening

Those trees used to only be available around CNY times back then and they were pricey. It was a sign that your family is doing well financially!

H#2 Tying little red ribbons around all the plants

Red ribbons as Chinese New Year home deco

Image via MyNiceGarden

Another cheap and easy trick to make the home feel more festive was to buy a roll of red ribbons, cut them into short pieces and tie little bows around all the plants, including the mandarin orange trees.

#3 Making DIY red packet decorations

DIY red packets as Chinese New Year home deco

Images via 61DIY/ShuoYiHuo; Edited by HITZ

Fans, fishes, and mini ‘tanglungs’ were some of the most common decorations. At least one month earlier, your mum would make you sit down and prepare those with her. Then, once you got it right, she would make you do it all on your own.

#4 Putting up the red cloth and large ‘tanglungs’

Red lanterns known as tanglung as Chinese New Year home deco

Image via Astro Awani

When you were younger, you probably held onto the ladder as your dad or older siblings climbed up high to put the deep red cloth above the main entrance and ‘tanglungs’ under the porch.

#5 Changing all the curtains, bedsheets and sofa covers to red ones

Red bedsheets as Chinese New Year Deco

Image via made-in-china

When the spring-cleaning starts, everything automatically changes to red such as the curtains, bedsheets, and even sofa covers… back when sofa covers could be changed.

#6 Taking out all the traditional bowls and cups

Traditional red bowls as Chinese New Year home deco

Image via Pinterest

You know these traditional bowls and cups were only used for the reunion dinner and Chinese New Year because, after the 15th day, they will not be seen anymore for the rest of the year.

#7 Sticking the ‘fu’ on your main door

Blessing stickers known as ‘fu’ as Chinese New Year Home deco

Image via Shopee

Sticking the Chinese word for ‘blessing’ or ‘good fortune’ on your main door is to welcome all the good luck into the home. Some might argue that it should be put upright while others prefer it upside down.

But whatever your family prefers, seeing your elders write it on a red paper and then sticking it on your door feels like putting the cherry on top when decorating the house for CNY!

Fill your home with similar decorations from Chek Hup!

Chek Hup is a local coffee brand from Ipoh which was established in the mid-1900s! They started by producing rock sugar at first and then expanded into the coffee industry in the year 2000.

Since then, they’ve released various unique flavours to cater to the masses but always using rock sugar. Rock sugar is the secret!

This year, Chek Hup is releasing 5 very special gift boxes that come in festive packaging and adorable gifts! All these boxes come in the shape of a ‘tanglung’ and can be repurposed into a decoration.

#1 Chek Hup CNY Premium Gift Box—RM68.80

Chinese New Year Chek Hup CNY Premium Gift Box

Image via Chek Hup

This special CNY Premium Gift Box is Chek Hup Year 2022’s ‘hero’ box which consists of:

1 x Rock Sugar White Coffee
1 x Tarik Coffee
1 x Kokoo Chocolate Drink
1 x Kopi Oh!
1 x Brown Sugar Milk Tea
2 x FREE Love of Joy Mugs

#2 Chek Hup Hoosome Box—RM49

Chinese New Year Chek Hup Hoosome Box

Image via Chek Hup

This box comes with Chek Hup’s more awesome drinks that are so worth trying:

1 x Hokkaido Milk Latte
1 x Himalayan Salt Latte
1 x Madagascar Vanilla Latte
2 x FREE Love of Joy Mugs

#3 Chek Hup TIGA Box –RM49

Chinese New Year Chek Hup TIGA Box

Image via Chek Hup

This box is a pun on the word ‘three’ which comes with 3 products, and also ‘tiger’ as this upcoming Chinese New Year is the year of the tiger!

1 x Colombian Latte
1 x Colombian Cappuccino
1 x Colombian Mocha
2 x FREE Love of Joy Mugs

#4 Chek Hup Nostalgia Box—RM60

Chinese New Year Chek Hup Nostalgia Box

Image via Chek Hup

If you like those old school tin mugs, then this box is your choice! They come with two ‘Tarik Mugs’ which are great for enjoying heritage classic local taste while reminiscing the good olden days.

1 x Rock Sugar White Coffee
1 x Classic White Coffee
1 x Kopi Tarik
1 x Cham Tarik
2 x FREE Tarik Mugs

#5 Chek Hup Heavenly Blessings Box—RM60

Chinese New Year Chek Hup Heavenly Blessings Box

Image via Chek Hup

If you like cutesy items, then grab this box for the limited-edition pink ‘Best Tea’ tumbler!

1 x Brown Sugar Milk Tea Original
1 x Brown Sugar Milk Tea with Peppermint
1 x Brown Sugar Milk Tea with Caramel
1 x Brown Sugar Milk Tea with Hazelnut
1 x FREE Limited Edition Pink Tumbler

Get your Chek Hup Chinese New Year boxes via Lazada, Shopee or their website today!

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