Introduction: TUTORIAL: How to Make an Expandable Chinese New Year Red Envelope

Today, I am going to share with you a simple DIY tutorial on how to make your own special Chinese New Year red envelopes to ring in the (Lunar) New Year. While this DIY tutorial may take a few more minutes to crimp and fold some of the edges, I hope that you’ll find this design worth your while because it offers a little more space to neatly place your bill or even a small piece of candy.

If you'd like to see the original post, you can check it out on Hometown Betty. If you'd like to see more tutorials, check out the Creativity Tab on the blog.

Red card stock paper
X-ACTO knife/utility blade
Scissors (optional)
Print TUTORIAL Chinese New Year Envelopes Here (available in traditional and simplified Chinese)
Additional decorating supplies (of your choosing – to add your personal touch)

Step 1: Print Simple Envelope Template Onto Red Card Stock Paper.

Download template here.

Step 2: Cut Out Envelope Design.

Using an X-ACTO knife or utility blade, cut out red envelope design. Cut slit opening, which is above the words, “Happy New Year” in Mandarin.

Step 3: Fold Top and Bottom Pieces.

See photos for further details.

Step 4: Fold Side Edges, Accordion-style, and Top and Bottom Sides As Well.

Step 5: Glue Accordion Side Edges to Front.

Step 6: Insert Money, and Place Tab Inside Slit Insert.

Step 7: Voila! Project Complete!

Also, remember to pick up a crisp new bill before placing it into your red envelope. You can read up on several other important cultural and customary traditions to ring in a Chinese New Year in the sources section of my original post.


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