My two sisters-in-law are big fans of Hello Kitty so when I came across some Hello Kitty Ang Bao/Pow when I was last in Singapore, I bought some for them. I bought some for myself too and with these, I decided to make a lantern.
It is very common for Asian Chinese people to make Ang Bao/Pow Lanterns to decorate the house and to put up other wall decorations which I mentioned on my previous post. The more traditional ones will use a proper Ang Bao/Pow than the contemporary ones I am using now. Nowadays, the designs of the Ang Bao/Pow follows popular trends. You can get so many varieties of Ang Bao/Pow from square shapes to rectangular, from traditional to modern style of Ang Bao/Pow. These are some of the examples:
Don’t they look cute!
So this is how you make the lantern, you need:
12 Ang Bao/Pow
String and Pin/Needle
Of course, you can use any type of Ang Bao/Pow to make this type of lantern. If your Ang Bao/Pow is quite thin and soft, insert the cards to keep the shape of the Ang Bao/Pow.
The string can be any colour but obviously it would look matching if it was the same colour as the Ang Bao/Pow. If you can find/get a Chinese Auspicious Knot or red tassel to add on, it will look great! As I had limited resources, I can only show you what I had. You could also check out one of the fantastic websites where she shows you more Chinese New Year lanterns: http://chinesenewyearlanterns.blogspot.co.uk/
These are the step-by-step instructions:
1. Slightly pinch the middle of both long ends for easy marking.
2. Fold all four corners as shown.
3. Staple six Ang Bao/Pow for the top and the bottom of the lantern.
4. Now join top and bottom using a staple.
5. Use a pin/needle to thread a hole for the string. I used a transparent string in this case.
Do take a look at my past posts if you fancy making them: