DIY Chinese New Year Red Packet Decor | Year of the TIGER Angpow Decor | My Original Creation

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Tiger | Posted on 27-11-2021 | 279 views

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Here’s another Chinese New Year Tiger red packet decor tutorial. These cute little tiger ornament is suitable to be placed on tables or counter tops.

DIY Chinese New Year Red Packet Decor | Easy Angpow GOLD INGOT LANTERN

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year | Posted on 11-11-2021 | 274 views

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Gold ingot (โ€˜Yuan Baoโ€™ in Chinese) is an ancient Chinese gold medium for exchanging expensive goods. Gold ingots are a symbol of wealth and abundance.

They have a boat-like shape that symbolizes the richness of transportation from one point or to another.

Make this angbao Gold Ingot lantern and place them at the main entrance to allow good chi to flow through the main entry points into your house.

Chinese New Year DIY | Year of the TIGER Orange decoration

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year | Posted on 29-10-2021 | 403 views

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Oranges and other citrus fruit – kumquats, tangerines and pomelo are common Chinese New Year gifts because theyโ€™re believed to bring good luck and happiness. During Chinese New Year, oranges are widely used as decorations and gifts because it symbolizes good fortune and happiness.

For next year’s Chinese New Year of the TIGER, we can decorate our oranges into cute little tigers. All you need is black construction paper and some gold and pink or red angpow. Watch this video to see how to decorate your oranges into cute little tiger heads to usher the Year of the TIGER:

Chinese New Year Plum Blossom Art

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year | Posted on 07-02-2021 | 1,186 views

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Today, we are going to share this simple yet amazingly beautiful Chinese New Year Plum Blossom art.

All we need is a piece of paper, some paint, a paintbrush, a toothbrush and a straw.

First, drop some black paint or ink on the paper. Use the straw to blow the ink to form branches.

Use a toothbrush to sprinkle some colour onto the paper.

You may touch up the branch that is covered by the paint splatters.

Use the back of a brush to dot petals of plum blossoms randomly on the branches.

The result is this beautiful Plum Blossom art piece that you can frame and hang on an auspicious corner of your house.

Watch this video to see how easily Little Ayden made this art. He had so much fun painting this:

30 DIY Chinese New Year Angpow Decor Ideas

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Paper Crafts | Posted on 19-01-2021 | 2,414 views

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We will be celebrating Chinese New Year of the OX in 2021. It may be a little early but here we are sharing video tutorials on how to DIY OX from CNY lucky red packets. They are really simple to make so do try it out yourselves:

ORIGAMI OX HEAD

DIY ANGPOW OX / COW

DIY CNY OX ANGPOW ORIGAMI

DIY YEAR OF THE OX ANGPOW ENVELOPE

DIY YEAR OF THE OX WALL DECOR

A whole fish is a staple for Chinese New Year celebrations as it is intended to welcome prosperity for the entire year ahead. This is the reason fish is widely used in making Chinese New Year decorations. Here are 7 tutorial videos on how to make FISH decor out of lucky red packets:

DIY ANGPOW KOI FISH ORIGAMI

DIY CNY FISH ORIGAMI

DIY ANGPOW FISH WALL DECOR

DIY ANGPOW FISH HANGING DECOR

DIY ANGPOW FISH TREE ORNAMENT

DIY 3D ANGPOW KOI FISH

DIY ANGPOW GOLDFISH

Besides fish, flowers is also a popular element in making Chinese New Year angpow decor. Here are several video tutorials on how to make red packet flowers.

DIY ANGPOW FLOWER BALL LANTERN

DIY ANGPOW FLOWER LANTERN

DIY ANGPOW FLOWER TABLE DECOR

DIY ANGPOW FLOWER LANTERN

And here are several other videos on beautiful lanterns and tree ornaments made from lucky red packets:

DIY ANGPOW LUCKY MONEY BAG ORIGAMI

DIY EASY ANGPOW LANTERN

DIY EASY ANGPOW LANTERN

DIY ANGPOW LANTERN

DIY ANGPOW LANTERN

DIY ANGPOW HOPE LANTERN

DIY ANGPOW LANTERN TREE ORNAMENT

DIY ANGPOW LANTERN TREE ORNAMENT ORIGAMI

DIY EASY ANGPOW LANTERN TREE ORNAMENT

DIY ANGPOW STAR LANTERN

DIY CNY FIRE CRACKER DECOR

DIY ANGPOW FAN

DIY ANGPOW BASKET

DIY ANGPOW ANCIENT COIN LANTERN

Chinese New Year Ang Pow Fish

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Fish | Posted on 03-02-2016 | 9,307 views

Remember our Ang Pow Fish decor we made back in 2010? Well, we improved it recently by adding a tail to it and it is now so much nicer.

Ang Pow Fish

Draw as shown above.

Cut accordingly.

Cut out the tail from another ang pow packet.

Paste it onto the fish.

Add googly eyes and tie a string on it and it is ready to welcome the Lunar New Year ๐Ÿ™‚

Angpow Origami Monkey

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Monkey, Origami, Paper Crafts | Posted on 08-01-2016 | 7,650 views

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Chinese New Year is just a month away and we will be welcoming the Fire Monkey this year.

Let’s make this cute origami monkey to welcome the year of the Monkey.

Cute Angpow Origami Monkey.

For more details, please click here.

Red Packet Lantern

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 29-12-2014 | 11,267 views

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Chinese New Year is just one and a half month away so let’s start making CNY decorations using red packets.
red packet lantern

For this Red Packet lantern, we’ll be needing TP Rolls too for the core.

angpow lantern

Wrap the TP Roll with red craft paper.

angpow lantern diy

Using only the front part of the red packet wrapper, cut lines down leaving a cm uncut on the top and bottom part.

making own angpow lantern

Paste it on the TP Roll and decorate with dangling ornament.

red packet lantern

Check out the rest of our Chinese New Year decor collections:

1)ย Red packet Ball Lantern

2)ย Red Packet Ancient Coin Lantern

3)ย Ang Bao Gold Fish

4)ย Lucky Star Lantern

5)ย Red Packet Toilet Paper Roll Fire Cracker

6)ย Chinese Paper Cut โ€“ SPRING

7)ย Fortune Cookie Fridge Magnet

8 )ย Red Packet Sea Shell Tree Ornament

9)ย Red Packet Fish Lantern

10)ย Red Packet Fan Tree Ornament

11)ย Red Packet Fish Tree Ornament

12)ย Fingerprint Cherry Blossom

13)ย Toilet Paper Roll Orange

14)ย Chinese New Year Fan

15) Angry Bird Ang Pow Wheel of Fortune

16) Ang Pow Koi Fish

17) Personalised Ang Pow Packet

18) Angpow Carousel Lantern

19) Angpow Flower Lantern

Koi fish painting for kids

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Fish | Posted on 08-07-2012 | 17,588 views

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The kids painted koi fish today in the Studio. It’s super easy even a toddler can do it! ๐Ÿ˜€

Koi fish (Japanese carp) painting

I drew and cut out two templates (as shown above) for each of the kids.

Get the kids to paint the entire drawing block blue using sponge. My kid insists to paint it green as he said the water in the pond is always green!

Place the first template and start dabbing white paint over the holes in the template. Let dry.

Place the second template over the white paint and dab orange paint.

Repeat the process if you wish to have more than one fish.

DIY Ang Pow Packet

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Paper Crafts, Print Art | Posted on 30-01-2012 | 18,929 views

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I was a pre-school teacher when I was expecting my little artist Ethan. It was always my intention to continue teaching and remain in the working force. All that changed the moment I laid hand on my baby in the Operating Theatre. I submitted my resignation and vowed to be the best mother a mom can be to my son. I live with this mantra in my head – โ€œA parent is a childโ€™s first teacherโ€.

My love for art and crafts helps create that special bond between Ethan and I. We started crafting together when he was 12 months old and it helps in his motor and fine skills development tremendously. Initially weโ€™ll hang up his masterpieces in the Art Room in the house. Overtime, we ran out of walls.

That is when crafty-crafted.com was born; to immortalize his artwork and also to share our ideas with other mommies out there. That was 3 years ago.

A week ago, we finally got ourselves a colour printer. We chose a HP colour inkjet printer.ย I need not limit his creativity to only water paint and crayons anymore. He can now print out stuffs that he created online.

For a start, with the Chinese New Year around the corner Ethan did his first printing craftwork.

Personalised Ang Pow Packet

He personalised his very own red packets to be given to his grandparents. Letโ€™s have a look at how he does it ๐Ÿ˜€


A+ #1 โ€“ First, choose a picture of the person you are giving the Ang Pow to. This is easily done by stalking their Facebook account ๐Ÿ˜› I helped Ethan to get the pictures of my nieces from my sistersโ€™ FB account and saved them in my PC.

A+ #2 โ€“ Ethan chose the pictures that he likes best and starts printing. Mind you, he did it all by himself as shown in the video at the end of this post!

A+ #3 โ€“ Quickly and silently, our new HP printer did the job. Excellent!

A+ #4 โ€“ Take an old Ang Pow packet and tear it open to be used as a template. Trace the outline according to the template.

A+ #5 โ€“ The personalised Ang Pow is slowly taking shape.

A+ #6 โ€“ Cut accordingly. Please assist your child if he has yet to master the art of cutting with a pair of scissors.

A+ #7 โ€“ The personalised Ang Pow cut out.

A+ #8 โ€“ Fold accordingly and paste.

A+ #9 โ€“ The personalised Ang Pow is done!

A+ #10 โ€“ Ethan personalised Ang Pows for all his cousin sisters and even did some of himself to be given to his grandparents ๐Ÿ˜€

Lovely isnโ€™t it? We are highly impressed with the printout. It looked so natural and beautiful, we are definitely going to do more print art in the future!

I am an A+ mom and so can you!

Watch the video of Ethan printing his very own personalized Ang Pow.

Fridge Magnet : Dragon

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Fridge Magnets | Posted on 16-01-2012 | 27,066 views

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Let’s make a Dragon art today ๐Ÿ™‚

Dragon fridge magnet.ย 

Super simple and a fun craft to make. Print out a dragon head and a tail. I got the dragon head and tail template from here.

Paint them and cut when dry.

Cut a strip of paper and paste three magnets along it. Paste the strip of paper to the Dragon’s head and tail and the fridge magnet is done ๐Ÿ˜€

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

If you are looking for more simple DIY Chinese New Year decor, click hereย for lots and lots of Ang Pow decor tutorial.

Rabbits to usher the Chinese New Year

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Rabbit | Posted on 01-02-2011 | 12,803 views

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Chinese New Year will be celebrated on the 3rd February 2011, just a couple of days away ๐Ÿ˜€

We are getting really excited and let’s have a look at the kids making rabbit art to usher the New Year of Rabbit!

A couple of rabbits to usher the New Year of Rabbit

Look for a rabbit, preferably from your Chinese New Year greeting cards or any where and cut it out.

We got ours from Craft Haven.

Draw the outline on a drawing block

Cut out the rabbit.

Place the rabbit template onto another drawing block. Secure with masking tape.

Paint the insides of the template

Repeat on the other side or as many times according to how many rabbits you wish to have

Let dry and your rabbits are done.

You may want to finger print some cherry blossoms too.

Nice? ๐Ÿ˜€

We hung the rabbit art up at our car porch together with the lanterns ๐Ÿ˜€

Gong Xi Fa Chai to you and family ๐Ÿ˜€

Here are the list of Chinese New Year crafts we have done:
1) Red packet ancient coin lantern

2) Red packet ball lantern

3) Ang Pao Goldfish

4) Red Packet Star Lantern

5) Toilet paper roll rabbit

6) Toilet paper roll orange

7) Chinese Paper Cut – SPRING

‘8) Fingerprint Cherry Blossoms

9) Ang Pao Toilet Paper Roll Cracker

10) Red Packet Sea Shell Ornament

11) Red Packet Fish Lantern

12) Red Packet Fan Ornament

13) Red Packet Fish Ornament

14) Fortune Cookie Fridge Magnet

Red Packet Ancient Coin Lantern

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts | Posted on 26-01-2011 | 23,350 views

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We are making an auspicious Ancient Coin Lantern using red packets today ๐Ÿ™‚

Ang Pao Ancient Coin Lantern

You’ll need to fold 16 packets of ang paos as shown above – fold all four edges.

Staple them together to get 4 of the above

Staple them together to get the above

Arrange and staple them as shown above

Side view. Add tassel and your lantern is done ๐Ÿ˜€

If you still don’t get it, watch this video

Ang Pao Ball Lantern

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, YouTube tutorial | Posted on 25-01-2011 | 30,637 views

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I made some beautiful ball lanterns and many have requested for me to share the steps here.

Red Packet Ball Lantern

Gold Packet Ball Lantern

I found it very difficult to explain it with pictures but I found this video instead.ย  Let’s watch this video and I’m sure you’ll be able to make your very own beautiful ball lantern using red packets ๐Ÿ˜€

A friend of mine requested me to make it round, like a ball without those spikes. What you need to do is just follow the steps shown in the video, and after you are done, just fold the spikes and staple them.

Staple as shown above. Your lantern will turn out lovely ๐Ÿ˜€

Toilet Paper Roll Rabbit

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Craft from Recycled Materials, Festive Crafts, Rabbit, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 18-01-2011 | 34,922 views

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To usher the New Year of the Rabbit, let’s make a cute rabbit today ๐Ÿ˜€

Toilet Paper Roll Rabbit

Cut three rings out of a toilet paper roll

Glue two rings together

Glue the 2 rings to the third ring

Cut two ears out of the envelope of your Chinese New Year card greetings (or you can simply use pink paper :P)

Paste the ears and cut two eyes out of white envelope. I’m trying to recycle all I can here ๐Ÿ˜€

Paste the eyes

Tie a gold string and hang. You may want to paint the toilet roll white before you start if you have the time ๐Ÿ˜€

Gold Packet Gold Fish

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Fish, Paper Crafts | Posted on 17-01-2011 | 24,408 views

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This Chinese New Year, let’s have beautiful goldfish accompanying us ๐Ÿ˜€ We’ll need only 6 red packets, oops, in this case, gold packets.

Gold Packet Gold Fish

We’ll only need two folding methods. 3 packets for each fold.

Fold both edges, leaving a small gap in the middle.

On the opposite end, fold both edges, leaving no gap in the middle.

You’ll need to fold 3 packets according to the above folding method.

Pick the part with the gap and staple so all three are attached to each other.

It should look like this.

Turn them out

See the fold line? You’ll need to cut the triangle out but do not cut on the line. Leave a little space.

Cut only one side. Leave the other untouched. Do not throw away the small triangle as you’ll need it later for the fins.

Cut the second packet. Cut only on one side too.

Cut the third packet. This time, cut both sides. You’ll now have 4 little triangles.

Fold the remaining 3 packets into half

Fold as shown above

Fold again as shown above and repeat on the other side

Fold all three packets using the above folding method.

Staple them side by side together

Place the tail in between the two packets.

Staple on one side

Staple on the other side too

Take 2 triangles

And staple as the fin

Staple the body shut

Staple as shown above

Insert your finger to puff up the fish

Take another small triangle and staple

Repeat on the other side

Staple it totally shut

Open up the tail

Cut two eyes out of white paper and draw the black eye and paste

I like to use this glass stone purchased from IKEA for the ‘fish eye’ effect.

Simply glue the glass stone onto the eyes and you are done ๐Ÿ˜€

You may also use red packets (ang bao) if you do not have gold packets ๐Ÿ™‚

Still don’t get it? Watch this video ๐Ÿ˜€

Red Packet Lucky Star Lantern

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Paper Crafts, Shapes | Posted on 15-01-2011 | 36,029 views

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We are going to make a Star out of red packets today ๐Ÿ˜€

Red Packet Lucky Star Lantern

Fold ten red packets as shown above.

It should look like a diamond from the back

Staple five diamond shape red packets to form a star.

Make two sets.

Staple the two sets together and you’ll get a lovely LUCKY star lantern.

An auspicious decor for Chinese New Year ๐Ÿ˜€ Tie a gold string so you can hang it.

Add a beautiful tassle to make your star a lovely one ๐Ÿ™‚

Ang Pow Lucky Star lantern

Toilet Paper Roll Orange

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Craft from Recycled Materials, Festive Crafts, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 12-01-2011 | 56,018 views

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Toilet Paper Roll Oranges

Cut a toilet paper roll into rings

Cut a circle out of a paper plate and paste onto the ring

Paint it orange

We did three oranges ๐Ÿ™‚

Cut a leaf out of green felt and paste on the oranges

Frame them up and they’ll be a nice wall decor this Chinese New Year ๐Ÿ˜€

Check out the rest of our Chinese New Year decor collections:

1)ย Red packet Ball Lantern

2)ย Red Packet Ancient Coin Lantern

3)ย Ang Bao Gold Fish

4)ย Lucky Star Lantern

5)ย Red Packet Toilet Paper Roll Fire Cracker

6)ย Chinese Paper Cut โ€“ SPRING

7)ย Fortune Cookie Fridge Magnet

8 )ย Red Packet Sea Shell Tree Ornament

9)ย CNY Angpow Lantern

10)ย Red Packet Fan Tree Ornament

11)ย Red Packet Fish Tree Ornament

12)ย Fingerprint Cherry Blossom

13)ย Toilet Paper Roll Orange

14)ย Chinese New Year Fan

15) Angry Bird Ang Pow Wheel of Fortune

16) Ang Pow Koi Fish

17) Personalised Ang Pow Packet

18) Angpow Carousel Lantern

19) 12pcs Angpow Lantern

20) Angpow Flower Lantern

Chinese Paper Cut – SPRING

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Paper Crafts | Posted on 05-01-2011 | 85,766 views

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Chinese New Year is around the corner so let’s do some paper cuts today. Let’s start with the word SPRING ๐Ÿ˜€

Spring has arrived

Get a square paper

Fold half

Fold half again

Write the character Spring on the paper as shown above

Cut. Cut a small hole at the top and tie a thread through it.

We should use red or gold thread but I did the above in my working place

and so happen to be running out on those two so I made do with white ๐Ÿ™

Check out the rest of our Chinese New Year decor collections:

1)ย Red packet Ball Lantern

2)ย Red Packet Ancient Coin Lantern

3)ย Ang Bao Gold Fish

4)ย Lucky Star Lantern

5)ย Red Packet Toilet Paper Roll Fire Cracker

6)ย Chinese Paper Cut โ€“ SPRING

7)ย Fortune Cookie Fridge Magnet

8 )ย Red Packet Sea Shell Tree Ornament

9)ย Red Packet Fish Lantern

10)ย Red Packet Fan Tree Ornament

11)ย Red Packet Fish Tree Ornament

12)ย Fingerprint Cherry Blossom

13)ย Toilet Paper Roll Orange

14)ย Chinese New Year Fan

15) Angry Bird Ang Pow Wheel of Fortune

16) Ang Pow Koi Fish

17) Personalised Ang Pow Packet

18) Angpow Carousel Lantern

19) Red Packet Lantern

20) Angpow Flower Lantern

21) 12pcs Angpow Lantern

Fingerprint Cherry Blossoms

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Fingerprint Art | Posted on 30-12-2010 | 56,577 views

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Today’s art work is very simple yet beautiful – fingerprint cherry blossoms.

Fingerprint Cherry Blossoms

Paint the branches and let dry

Dip your fingers or thumb into pink paint

Start stamping all over

Nice Cherry Blossoms for the Chinese New Year ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out the rest of our Chinese New Year decor collections:

1)ย Red packet Ball Lantern

2)ย Red Packet Ancient Coin Lantern

3)ย Ang Bao Gold Fish

4)ย Lucky Star Lantern

5)ย Red Packet Toilet Paper Roll Fire Cracker

6)ย Chinese Paper Cut โ€“ SPRING

7)ย Fortune Cookie Fridge Magnet

8 )ย Red Packet Sea Shell Tree Ornament

9)ย CNY Angpow Lantern

10)ย Red Packet Fan Tree Ornament

11)ย Red Packet Fish Tree Ornament

12)ย Fingerprint Cherry Blossom

13)ย Toilet Paper Roll Orange

14)ย Chinese New Year Fan

15) Angry Bird Ang Pow Wheel of Fortune

16) Ang Pow Koi Fish

17) Personalised Ang Pow Packet

18) Angpow Carousel Lantern

19) 12pcs Angpow Lantern

20) Angpow Flower Lantern