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Make your own red envelope DIY craft

Make Your Own Red Envelope

It’s nearly time for the Lunar New Year, which falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice. During Lunar New Year, it’s a tradition for adults to give children pocket money nestled in bright red envelopes. In Chinese culture, the color red represents happiness and good luck.

Use the directions below to teach your little ones how to make their own red envelopes.

Decorate your red envelopes any way you want and celebrate a happy and prosperous new year to come.

Supplies to Make Red Envelopes

  • Red construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Envelope template (click here to print)
  • Glue stick
  • Gold pen or stickers for decoration
  • Money


Step 1: Cut out the envelope template and place it on top of the red construction paper. Trace the outline of the template onto the red paper, then cut it out.

Lucky red envelope cut out with template and money

Step 2: Fold in both sides of the red envelope and use the glue stick to seal shut.

Partially completed lucky red envelope with sides folded in

Step 3: Fold up the bottom and use the glue stick to seal shut.

Partially finished lucky red envelope with bottom folded up

Step 4: Fold over the top and make a crease, but leave it open to put money inside.

Nearly finished Chinese New Year envelope with bottom folded up and glued

Step 5: Decorate the front of your envelope.

Red envelope with fire rooster

Now you can give your envelopes to someone who could use a little good fortune! Happy Lunar New Year!