DIY Chinese New Year Lantern Style #1

~ Posted on Monday, January 17, 2011 at 9:18 AM ~

Chinese New Year (aka CNY) is coming in a few weeks time! Few days earlier, I was inspired with this photo I saw on my cousin in-law's house. She homemade this very pretty lantern and hung it in her house and I was like 'oh man... I want one of those too!' But reality check... I don't think I could try that out so fast (cos it requires 30 pieces of red packets to do it) and I really don't want to waste that many red packets in my 1st attempt, so I Googled around and found some ideas to experiment.

Here goes my DIY Chinese New Year Lantern Style #1:

What you need is: 8 pieces of red packets (or what we Chinese called 'Ang Pows'), stapler, scissors, cellophane tape and a piece of string.

Take 1 red packet, ensure the front is facing you,
fold in the 2 top corners until they meet.
Repeat with the bottom & for the other 7.
Take 4 of the red packets, arrange them
with the folded edges & staple the corners together.
Repeat with the other 4 red packets.
WIth both the top & bottom of the lantern, 
line up the folded edges & staple them together.
Don't worry if your lantern looks weird,
they will eventually close up together.
I actually use the cellophane tape to close
the gaps in between the edges of the red packets.
If you want, you can put in a string through the
hole so that you can hang the lantern!

The results? TADAAAAAAA!!!

Stay tuned as I will post another style of making this lantern soon! Hope you enjoy my simple tutorial!

Comments (3) -

Miki Chua

u ur lantern long shape? suppose to be shorter or..... u used the longer ang pao issit?

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hey Miki,

I used the traditional size angpow. Not square but not too long also.


These are really fantastic! Silly Precious Piggies let me know about these and I'm so glad she did- I've been looking for Chinese New Year projects! I would love to link to these if you didn't mind.

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