Happy Chinese New Year!

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

So, I am technically half Chinese but I am completely Americanized. The most we celebrated Chinese New Year growing up was getting a nice pretty red envelope with money in it, and I think we went out for Dim Sum some years.

My parents sent my kids some traditional red money envelopes this week.

I wanted to get some red envelopes to give from us too but in our small town I haven’t found any. Being a crafty person, I figured I could and should just make my own. Why not? :)

So…I made up a template in word,

found this gold and red paper on clearance at Michaels and ta da!…

We only gave each of them a buck but it’s enough to buy some Walmart knock off silly bands which Owen loves to get.  So I think he’s pretty happy about it.

If you want the template for my Chinese New Year Red envelope too…just click here.

We also made some red lanterns to dress up our dining table.

We just took some red 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper, folded it in half lengthwise…

Cut 1inch wide fringe.

Unfolded it, rolled it up short end to short end and then stapled it.

Owen really liked helping. This is a perfect kid craft.

There’s scissor practice, stapling, hole punching…I really like crafts that allow kids to make something meaningful and that we will really use.

Once our lanterns were made we took some thread,

and strung them up.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!


  1. says

    My parents know the managers of our local Chinese restaurant pretty well. Last year we were invited to celebrate with them. It was an amazing experience to try all the special food and listen to them share what everything means. :)
    Thank you for sharing.

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