Introduction: Heart-shaped Ang Pao (Chinese Red Envelope)

Hello everyone,

It’s been a while since our last project.  This time round we are gonna teach you something really sweet for the Chinese New Year – craft your own Heart-Shaped Ang Pao (Chinese Red Envelope)!

Since young I’ve always been intrigued by origami, and I thought I could do something really special for the upcoming Chinese New Year, which also happens to coincide with Valentine’s Day!  After some engineering, I came up with this heart-shaped ang pao to symbolise this really special occasion.

How often do the 2 special occasions fall on the same day?  This heart-shaped ang bao succinctly symbolises the significance of the union of the 2 really special occasions. Of course, you may also use it as an envelope for your Valentine’s love note. :)

 
Download templates here:
CNY Heart-Shaped Ang Pao Template
Blank Heart-Shaped Ang Pao Template

Step 1: Materials

1. 80 gsm A4 size red colored papers
2. Stick glue/double side tape
3. Ruler
4. Cutter Knife/Scissors
5. Paper scorer
6. Cutting mat

Download and print template over red colored papers.
Don’t forget to fit to A4 size when printing.

Step 2: Cut

Cut out template outlines with cutter knife.  Make sure you cut only along the definite lines, and not the dotted ones.  Remember to cut a slit between the Chinese character and words “Happy New Year”.

Step 3: Score

Use a paper scorer to score and fold along the dotted lines
(using a paper scorer is not mandatory but if you don’t, folds won’t turn out as neat).

Step 4: Fold

Face printed side down as shown and fold left flap inwards.  You should now have side C facing you.
Then fold bottom left corner upwards.  You should also see side A.

Step 5: Fold

Fold the right flap inwards on top of side A and C.
Then push the bottom right corner inward such that you lay side B beside side A.

Step 6: Glue

Apply glue (or double-sided tape) on sides A, B & C, in order to stick the flaps together and form your envelope.

Step 7: Glue

Apply glue (or double-sided tape) on the reverse side of flaps D & E, and fold them into the pocket to paste.  When done, you should see a neat pocket.

Step 8: Fold

Fold down the top flap.  You should be able to see the Chinese character on the top of the ang pao.

Step 9: Fold

Push in top left & right corners, as well as the center slit to form a beautiful heart shape.

Step 10: Insert Money or a Love Note :)

Insert your gift money / love note.  Seal the ang pao by applying glue along the edge of the bottom half of the heart shape. :D

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Comments

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Sagi made it! (author)2010-05-23

Cute! I always had a love to origami... ♥♥♥

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555mst555 made it! (author)2010-01-19

whoo! another singaporean found!! :D

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Alberta Leong made it! (author)Alberta Leong2010-01-19

heyo! wusssup wussp :D

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555mst555 made it! (author)555mst5552010-01-20

:D i nv thought i would stumble upon  my fellow singaporeans....i've seen met 2 so far....

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ZonariAn made it! (author)2010-01-19

 All of my cardstock is letter-sized.  I'm going to have to shrink it down a little so I can print it out.  This is really cute, and I'm going to make it and put it on my mantle with all of my other oriental decor.  

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Doctor What made it! (author)2010-01-17

 Did you create the template yourself?

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lemonie made it! (author)lemonie2010-01-17

I would think so.

L

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Doctor What made it! (author)Doctor What2010-01-17

 Eh, you never know.  There's a ton of copypasta in ibles, where people find images and instructions elsewhere, and post them here.

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Father Christmas made it! (author)Father Christmas2010-01-17

"Copypasta"?   *Right clicks*   O_o    why is there a "spaghetti" option just under  "copy"  

lol sorry
i love bad jokes, and couldn't resist.

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Doctor What made it! (author)Doctor What2010-01-17

 *groan*

:-)

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lemonie made it! (author)lemonie2010-01-17

It's on their profile.

L

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oddstray made it! (author)2010-01-17

I like this!!!  I buy Chinese New Year's teddy bears from a lady in Taiwan.  Next year I might send my payment in an envelope like this!

A paper scorer is a rather specialized tool.  You might want to substitute:
   the non-cutting side of a butter knife
   a mechanical pencil with the lead retracted (you want to press a thin 'ditch' into the paper but not draw a line
   the edge of a coin.

Similarly, a cutting mat is specialized.  You might want to substitute a thick, no-longer-needed magazine or newspaper (be careful that the newsprint doesn't mark your project, though).

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Alberta Leong made it! (author)2010-01-17

Yup! I engineered the template from scratch. Didn't steal it from any where. :S Hope you like it! :D