Sprucing the home up is a must during Chinese New Year! If you’re still searching for cute and stylish mantlepieces that add a touch of class, check out these suggestions to make CNY decoration using red packets.
11 Easy Designs For CNY Decoration Using Red Packets
1. Red lantern
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Lanterns are commonplace at this time of year. They signify reunion and good luck, so it’s important to have these by the entrance to welcome people! This is one essential CNY decoration using red packets that will wow your guests! There are many lantern designs, but this one is as simple as they come!
Fold the red packet in half lengthways
Make incisions across the width of the packet (but don’t cut to the end)
Unfold the red packet
Roll the red packet so both ends meet each other (lengthways)
Staple both ends where the packet meets
Use sellotape to hold the handles in place
2. Chinese Fan
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Fans are beautifully decorated and can also be used to cool yourself down under the hot weather!
Accordion fold your red packet
Use a ruler to help crease the indentations
Either staple or sellotape one end of the accordion folds
You can glue popsicle sticks on the outside of either end of the fan for additional stability
You can draw or paint designs on the paper before folding
3. Peach blossom painting
Making your own peach blossom painting symbolises good luck and longevity! Plus it’s a chance to get your creative juices flowing!
On a piece of cardboard about A4 size, stick red packets with to cover the cardboard
Cut a piece of paper so it is slightly shorter than the cardboard cutout
Draw tree branches in green or red on the paper
Dip your fingertips with light red paint and place flowers across the branches
Once the paint has dried, stick the paper to the red cardboard and hang it up
4. Paper dragon puppet
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What Chinese New Year would be complete without toys for children to play with? This CNY decoration using red packets is fun to make and can be customised for your child. There is no right or wrong way to make it!
Different coloured papers
Draw the outline for the dragon’s head and tail
Then draw the hands and body on the red packets and cut them out
Cut out at least 6 hands
Colour in the head and tail, then cut them out
Stick the head, hands and tail to the body
Glue the popsicle stick to the body as a handle
5. Paper plate fish
Here’s another CNY decoration using red packets that can entertain the kids for a while!
Cover the plate with your red packets
Cut a tringle from the plate and stick it at the back to make the tail
Add the google eyes above the missing triangle.
Either stick the plate to a wall or use a popsicle to form a handle.
6. A basket
This cute CNY decoration using red packets is not only good to look at, but can store sweets or ornaments inside as well!
20 red packets
First, cut six cardboard pieces so they fit into six red packets.
Next, stick the packets together side by side using tape so they form a long line
Stick the packets together so they form a hexagon
Then cut a hexagon from the cardboard and place it in the centre of the red packet hexagon
Glue the top flaps of the red packets to the cardboard cutout
You’ve now got a basket without the handle!
You can cut a strip of cardboard and wrap it with red packets. Use glue to keep it together
Then staple each side of the stick to two opposite sides of the basket
7. Small paper fish
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Making this CNY decoration using red packets is easy and adds some fun around the house!
Make a square red packet if your’s is rectangular
Draw a diagonal line across the red packet to create two triangles
Cut out a fish shape according to the lines
Loop the thread through the top of the fish and hang it from a ledge or frame
8. Fortune cookies
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These serve as a great way to pass messages of encouragement and blessings to visitors. Kids can also use CNY decoration using red packets to share a message with someone they care about!
Round jar or bottle
First, use the jar or water bottle as an outline. Cut circles from the red packets according to the bottle shape
Place double sided tape on the top of the circle
Fold the circle in half so the sticky tape attaches both ends
Write a small message on a strip of paper and insert into red packet
Place your thumb and finger in eithr end of the taco-shaped red packet
Crease the paper in the middle so it bends inwards
Repeat steps 1-6 to create as many fortune cookies as you want
Oranges are a sign of good luck at Chinese New Year, so it’s always good to have this CNY decoration using red packets dotted about the house.
Empty toilet roll
Cover the toilet roll with red packets and use glue to keep them on
Cut the toilet roll into rings, about 2cm thick each
Next, cut discs from the paper plate that are the same size as the toilet roll rings
Glue the discs onto the rings
Paint the discs orange
Cut out leaves from the paper plate and glue onto the orange
Paint the leaves
Hang the oranges on a plate to stick on the wall
Firecrackers are used to scare away evil spirits. While we can’t teach you how to create real firecrackers, this CNY decoration using red packets are good for decorative purposes!
Empty toilet roll
Using the toilet roll, cut two circles from the red packets to cover both ends
Glue the discs to both ends of the toilet roll
Cover the toilet roll with red packets
With a small piece of aluminium foil, create a small fuse and stick it on one end.
11. Paper drums
This CNY decoration using red packets is ideal to keep kids busy and create a happy atmosphere around the home!
Two paper plates
Two tiny bells
Paint or watercolours
Cover the back of both plates with red packets. Use glue to hold them in place
Tie each of the bells to a string of thread
Attach a thread with a bell to the side of each plate
Stick wooden sticks, such as popsicles, at the bottom of each place
Glue the plates together (non-red packet sides)
Spin the drum in your hand to play with it
This article was first published on Nonilo and republished on theAsianparent with permission.