Happy Chinese New Year

Gung Hai Fat Choi!  Hope you all have a wonderful lunar new year and great things come to everyone during the year of the dragon!  Honey is year of the dragon so this is pretty cool!  So I needed some cheap decorations for Chinese New Year so I decided to look up some crafts to make out of red envelope packets.  I am kinda like a Chinese New Year procrastinator so of course I didn’t score free red envelopes from the bank (yes, banks located around asian populations hand them out for free).  I went to three banks on Saturday and all three of them had the same response when I asked for red envelopes, “Oh, we ran out of them a long time ago!”  Bummer!  But luckily my parents have lots of them and I found a good way to use up the ones with outdated designs!  Here’s to my first time making Red Envelope lanterns and fans…

 This is actually my favorite one that I learned from YouTube.  IreneblChua had some awesome tutorials on that I followed.  I skipped the step about inserting cardboard into the red envelopes but I think they still took shape despite me taking some shortcuts!  I like how it turned out and it didn’t take me as long as I anticipated!

This was the first one I made out of red envelopes and I actually made a pair of them.  I leanred it also from YouTube but from NewHollandTours.  He makes it into a circular shape but I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough envelopes to make 2 so I took some short cuts and only used 8 total envelopes to make this “lantern.”  Basically, I did the folds and staples different parts together until all the ends connected and that’s what turned out!

This was a really fun and pretty easy one to make (not completely according to the directions of course)!  I used Ireneblchua’s tutorial for making a fan but skipped the part of making the accordian, used less envelopes so it became a smaller fan, and did not cut or measure any of my envelopes! 
So I put those up around the house and used some of the fruits I bought from the farmer’s market as table decor for Chinese New Year…

What do you guys think?  I just wanted something festive for Kiggster to remember from her culture and traditions.  Honey told me that when she got up this morning, she was very fascinated with the lanterns hanging up from the ceiling by the doorway.  I am so glad she likes them, makes the effort worth it!

 Here’s Kiggster at Gong-Gong and Po-Po’s house for Chinese New Year tonight!  She’s wearing her cute little chinese outfit that Yee-Yee bought her when she was just born.  It fits like a glove now!


Of course, I need to layer it like crazy for our San Francisco weather!  She has a short sleeve onesie, long sleeve shirt, and pants underneath the whole chinese outfit! 

Happy Chinese New Year: Gung Hai Fat Choi! 
P.S. I will have to update on my 366 project later since I haven’t had enough time to upload photos for the project! 


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  1. Kangaroo Mama says:

    Thank you Jeanna! Where do I find out more information about that?! What did you think of the Blogelina series? I have to say the last 2 weeks have been so hectic and crazy that I hadn't done my "homework" lately and I'm really behind!

  2. Kangaroo Mama says:

    You should totally make them, they are fun! I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to make them with me! I actually ran out of staples during one of the projects!

  3. Hey girl I have given you the Versatile blogger award and thought you would like to check it out… Have a great day…

    Jeanna @ dramaqueenseams.com

  4. These are great! I'm so going to have to try making some of these with my little ones. They would love it…

    Jeanna @ dramaqueenseams.com

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