It’s been a while since our last project. This time round we are gonna teach you something really sweet for the Chinese New Year – craft your own Heart-Shaped Ang Pao (Chinese Red Envelope)!
Since young I’ve always been intrigued by origami, and I thought I could do something really special for the upcoming Chinese New Year, which also happens to coincide with Valentine’s Day! After some engineering, I came up with this heart-shaped ang pao to symbolise this really special occasion.
How often do the 2 special occasions fall on the same day? This heart-shaped ang bao succinctly symbolises the significance of the union of the 2 really special occasions. Of course, you may also use it as an envelope for your Valentine’s love note.
Step 1: Materials
1. 80 gsm A4 size red colored papers
2. Stick glue/double side tape
4. Cutter Knife/Scissors
5. Paper scorer
6. Cutting mat
Download and print template over red colored papers.
Don’t forget to fit to A4 size when printing.
Step 2: Cut
Cut out template outlines with cutter knife. Make sure you cut only along the definite lines, and not the dotted ones. Remember to cut a slit between the Chinese character and words “Happy New Year”.
Step 3: Score
Use a paper scorer to score and fold along the dotted lines
(using a paper scorer is not mandatory but if you don’t, folds won’t turn out as neat).
Step 4: Fold
Face printed side down as shown and fold left flap inwards. You should now have side C facing you.
Then fold bottom left corner upwards. You should also see side A.
Step 5: Fold
Fold the right flap inwards on top of side A and C.
Then push the bottom right corner inward such that you lay side B beside side A.
Step 6: Glue
Apply glue (or double-sided tape) on sides A, B & C, in order to stick the flaps together and form your envelope.
Step 7: Glue
Apply glue (or double-sided tape) on the reverse side of flaps D & E, and fold them into the pocket to paste. When done, you should see a neat pocket.
Step 8: Fold
Fold down the top flap. You should be able to see the Chinese character on the top of the ang pao.
Step 9: Fold
Push in top left & right corners, as well as the center slit to form a beautiful heart shape.
Step 10: Insert Money or a Love Note :)
Insert your gift money / love note. Seal the ang pao by applying glue along the edge of the bottom half of the heart shape.
Visit Yoke Bakery Projects for more d.i.y crafts!