Happy Chinese New Year!
Inspired by Artchoo‘s fantastic post on how to write the Chinese horse character, I decided to use this to decorate some lucky red DIY money envelopes for Chinese New Year for Pickle and Chops (I may ask MisterPodge if we can celebrate tomorrow with a Chinese take-away too)!
To make Lucky DIY Money Envelopes for Chinese New Year you will need:
– red paper (wrapping paper or scrapbooking paper is perfect for this)
– double-sided tape
– a black ink brush pen or black ink/paint and a brush
COST: pennies (plus whatever you choose to put inside!)
AGE: young kids and up
TIME: 13 minutes or less
How-to make Lucky DIY Money Envelopes for Chinese New Year:
- Cut a long strip of red paper (approx 10cm x 30 cm)
- Fold this into an envelope (with a flap at the top) and use double-sided tape to seal the sides. If your paper is patterned on one side, you might want to make that the inside of the envelope
- Use Artchoo’s brilliant tutorial to copy the horse character onto your envelope using a brush and black ink, or a brush pen if you have one
- Put some money into the envelope and present it to your child using both hands (traditionally giving a gift is a solemn act and they should also receive it with both hands)
I had no idea how many traditions there are when gifting money in a red envelope (always use new money: crisp, unfolded notes, give an even amount of money: 8 is especially favourable – but not a number with a 4 in it and the recipient should not open their red envelope in front of the giver). You can learn more here.
So you can see that when I took these photos, I used coins (which I have since learned is just not done) I’ve not given them to the boys yet, so I still have time to swap the coins for (new) notes!