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Red envelope with fire rooster

Make Your Own Red Envelope

During Chinese New Year, children all across Asia are given pocket money nestled in bright red envelopes. It’s a Lunar New Year tradition for adults to give red pocket money to children. Red is a Chinese symbol for happiness and coins are a symbol of prosperity.

Use the directions below to teach your little ones how to make your own “red envelopes.” Then, if you have some money to spare, give them each some coins! (Traditionally, money amounts should end in an even digit and should no’t include the number four. Try 22, 66, or 88 cents!)

Decorate your red envelope any way you choose, but we’d love to recommend a rooster, since 2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster!


Red construction paper


Envelope template (click here to print)

Gold pen or stickers for decoration


Supplies for red envelope


  1. Cut out the envelope template and place it on top of the red construction paper, tracing the outline of the template onto the red paper.
  2. Fold in both sides and use the glue stick to seal shut.
  3. Fold up the bottom and use the glue stick to seal shut.
  4. Fold over the top and make a crease, but leave it open to put coins inside.
  5. Decorate the front of your envelope with the gold pen.
  1. On 04/07/2012 Ray DiNero Ganara said:

    I couldn’t find any red envelope in my town, thanks for your post it was really useful

    1. On 04/09/2012 Little Passports Team said:

      So good to hear! Thanks for the note, Ray.

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