It's the year of the Dog! What better way to celebrate than with a few paper crafts? (China, after all, was where paper was first created.)
These pictures are from a few years back when I visited Hong Kong, but I never ended up posting them. This very simple red envelope lantern was quick to make and looked very festive when strung up next to the window.
|One of my aunts works for a bank and each year, they give out packets of red envelopes for free. She gave me stacks of the extras for my crafting.|
|I kept things basic. I folded in the four corners of each envelope and then I stapled five envelopes together at their corners.|
|You end up with a flower module. I made two of these to form the ends.|
|Connecting the two ends was a bit tricky. Some of the vertices ended up have only 3 envelopes meeting.|
|Here's half of the lantern.|
|When completely assembled, it looks like this. A bit more tubular than I had envisioned but the gold and red are very eye catching.|
Happy Chinese New Year!