Squares…

Do you still have last year’s ang pao packets or those from the previous years?

If they have the astrological animals in the Chinese horoscope…

Outdated ang pao packets

…they will not be all that relevant any longer this year. Like last year, for instance, it was the goat…and you will have to keep till the ย next cycle, till the next Year of the Goat, around 12 years from now, before you can use them.

Of course you can keep them if you want but if you’re thinking of throwing them away, perhaps you would want to use them to make decorative lanterns to hang around the house instead. There are all kinds of lanterns that you can make using ang pao packets but many can be quite complicated and you may need quite a lot. This one is actually very simple to make and to produce one, you only need three of those packets.

Cut each of them into two like this…

Cut into two

…so from the three packets, you will get six squares.

Fold the corners inwards to the centre like this…

Fold in corners

Staple a string to the centre of one of them like this…

Staple string to top square

…and of course, since this is for Chinese New Year, it would be best to use a red string…and that is for the top of your lantern – to hang it up later.

If you want your lantern to look more beautiful, you can get those “tails” from the shops and staple that to the centre of another square for the bottom of your lantern…

For bottom of lantern

Staple the corners of four of those squares together like this…

Staple corners

…for the sides and once that has been done, staple the top to the top corners of those squares…

Staple top

…and the bottom…

Staple bottom

…to the bottom, of course.

Make as many as you need and if you would like some smaller ones for a bit of variety, you can cut each of those squares into four and use them to make the mini versions of the same.

Hang them where appropriate…

CNY decor
*Archive photo*

…and of course, since these are paper lanterns, you should not put them out in the open, exposed to the sun and the rain.

There you have it! It’s very simple really and the best part, of course, would be the fact that you do not need to fork out a whole lot of money to buy those pricey decorative items to beautify your house for the festive season.

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Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

14 thoughts on “Squares…”

  1. I am impressed that you have the patience to make CNY lanterns out of ang pow packets and show us step by step on how to do it. I used to make them but now I don’t have the patience to make them anymore. Thanks for the tutorial. May come in handy to those who want to make their own CNY decorations. Good way of saving by not buying them but making them instead.

    Those are the virtues of a teacher! Must have the patience to teach slowly, show step by step and explain clearly to get the lesson across. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    A lot easier than showing how to cook something step by step. The thing will not get overcooked…or worse, burnt and the lens of the camera will not get steamed up.

    Indeed, it would be good to make one’s own at a time like this. Shouldn’t be hard if one has children, get them to make and decorate the house together – great way to spend quality time together and to get them away from those gadgets.

  2. Never know you are good at making angpao lantern. I ever make fish from angpao packet (actually done by my kids) but not lantern. Looks easy though & will want to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

    I saw one very nice one at a shop, round, ball shaped, made from ang pao packets, rolled into cones, very very nice…but I guess to make one, one would need a whole lot of ang paos. Banks will close their doors if they see one coming to ask for more. Muahahahahaha!!!!

  3. Waseh…. now you’re into crafting. I may share this post into my crafting group. So creative!!

    Go ahead! I’ve another one coming up, will blog about it real soon, more complicated, more ang pao packets needed. Watch out for it!

  4. Wow! Never knew you have hands for such decorative and crafty stuff! Beautifully made.

    I keep ang pows but only those really beautiful ones for collection. Not really a collector but I do keep the one that fancy me.

    My missus is a “collector” too but don’t ask me…or her…where they all are. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    Another nicer one coming up real soon! I’ve shared the preview on Facebook. Stick around!

  5. U need to have very nimble fingers to make the lantern ๐Ÿ˜ข

    Not really lah! Me so chor lor, so kasar one. You see the staples in all directions. If I want to make it nicely, must try to be a little neater.

  6. creative and practical! this feels like one of those handicraft projects that we were taught back in school, but i could never really master them, since my fingers are far from nimble, heheh. but yeah, great work with recycling and not discarding the ang pows! ๐Ÿ™‚

    The drawback is these are not easy to keep for use in later years as they are easily crumpled, paper so at the end of the festival, they will all get thrown away. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Nah!!! If I can manage with my clumsy, big, fat fingers, anybody can. Hehehehehe!!!!

  7. Very clever.

    I guess you all don’t bother to decorate your houses for Chinese New Year there, unlike Christmas. My cousins in Melbourne, Brisbane would go out and buy, not cheap but they’re available.

    1. We’re old and lazy now – don’t decorate for anything!

      Sounds pretty much like me but now that I’ve retired, with a lot of time on my hands and for want of something to do, I would do a bit. Used to tell my missus, no need to decorate…no need to clean and everything…nobody’s going to look, just make sure the food is nice. ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Haha! Yeah, that’s a great idea coz keeping them for a full cycle (12 years) is a huge undertaking.

    I’m not sure if they’ll still be as pristine. I suspect not, last time my mom used to like doing crafts with ang pows, the older ones fade and stick together. Maybe the quality nowadays is better though.

    Pretty much the same, I guess…plus the old folks will tell you to go and buy new ones, never to keep anything and use them again the following New Year. Everything must be new. Of course, I do not bother – use and reuse and recycle. ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. so creative! hmm, not sure if i should try this. Even with step by step instructions, i’m bound to fail.. no artistic talent whatsoever.

    Ask missus to do, ladies are usually better with this kind of things. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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