Yep, it is time for my crafting Thursday. This week, I would up-cycle red envelopes and using my buttons again to make Chinese New Year decor because the Chinese New Year is getting close. But, I am so busy at work that I cannot even have time to prepare festive food for Chinese New Year. My mom used to make turnip cake, brown sugar cake and taro cake. I learned to make sugar pastries and some other types of cakes myself. Yep, we Chinese make various kinds of cakes from stables and they are delicious. If I can find some time this year, I would make some and post the recipes here.
My daughter’s class is going to make a red envelope goldfish. She told me to give her some red envelopes to bring back to school and she started to talk about the project. I mentioned to her that I know how to make a goldfish using red envelopes. Then, she beg me to make one for her teacher. She just loves her teacher so much that I sometimes feel jealous too. My daughter draws pictures for her teacher almost every day and she will ask me to make goodies bags for her classmates and teachers. What would be better when kid loves her/his school and every person in the school?
6 red envelopes (either all in one size or 3 each of 2 groups of equal sizes for easy working)
2 buttons (suggest 1/2″ in size)
Double-side adhesive tapes and tacky glue
1 strip of ribbon (suggest 1/4″ in width and 6″ in length)
1) Fold the 2 corners of one side of the red envelope inwards at 45 degrees. And the 2 corners of the other side also fold inwards but leave about 1/3″ inch in the middle. Hence you are not folding at 45 degrees. You need 3 of these.
2) Use the double-side adhesive tapes to connect the corners to form the front of the fish head. You can see why I leave about 1/3″ in the middle of the red envelopes – it forms the little mouth of the goldfish.
3) Before you stick the other side of the red envelopes to form the fish body, prepare the fish tail. Valley fold halfway of one side of the envelope and then mountain fold it out half over on the top. You need 3 of these too. Just staple the 3 envelopes together on one end and the fishtail is finished.
4) Insert the tail into the fish body and use double-side adhesive tapes to fix it in place. Add Tacky glue to further secure it.
5) Use Tacky glue to stick 2 buttons on the fish head and those are the eyes of the fish.
7) Tie a knot on the ribbon to form a little hanger and use double-side adhesive tape or glue to fix the ribbon on top of the fish body. Use fingers to pull the 3 sides of the fish body to poof it up. And the goldfish is completed.
Choose red envelopes with simpler color and pattern for the fish body and colorful ones for the tail part would make the goldfish more presentable and eye-catching.
My daughter is holding the lovely cute goldfish that she’s going to send to her class teacher.