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Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous Year of the Rabbit!

To celebrate the occasion, I’ve been making lanterns.  I made a Year of the Rabbit lantern (note the bunnies on the wrappers) to hang in our hallway. If you’d like to make one of your own, I wrote a step by step tutorial here last year.

This year I added these sweet shell-shaped lanterns, easily made from a single ang-pow (red envelope) packet.

Begin with an ang-pow wrapper or similarly sized envelope or piece of thin cardboard…

Fold the wrapper in half lengthways.  With a sharp pair of scissors and cutting from the folded edge, snip into even strips, cutting almost to the edge.

Turn the angpow wrapper over and curl the opposite corners towards each other.  Bring corner A to corner B, overlapping one onto the other…

Join the two corners with a staple…

Finish by stapling a red cord or string to one corner. Now find a good spot to hang your lanterns for the fifteen days of Chinese New Year!

 

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