DIY Chinese Lai-See Envelopes
Traditionally, red envelopes or Lai-See are given to children on the first day of the Chinese New Year. The red envelopes almost always contain money, usually varying from a few dollars to a few hundred. Whatever the amount, it is custom to give out quantities in even numbers as odd numbers associated with gifting money are traditionally given during funerals. The number 8 is considered very lucky and $8 is a common amount to find in Lai-See. Sometimes chocolate gold coins are found in the red envelopes as well.
If you decide to throw your own Chinese New Year party, red envelopes filled with chocolate coins make a great party favor for your guests. You can either buy small red envelopes or make them yourself. I chose to make mine using red cardstock. Use this easy template to cut out and construct your envelopes. I used my own personalized label to decorate each envelope, filling them with chocolate gold coins. Set them at each place-setting or put them in a basket by your front door to distribute to guests as they arrive.
- Red Envelopes • Download this template to make your own.
- Circle Labels • I chose the “Persimmon Flower” style in Deep Red and Gold.
- Celebrating the Chinese New Year
- Chinese New Year • wikipedia.com
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I was wondering if I wanted to order 50 custom made lucky red pockets, could you do that for me? And how much would it cost? Please let me know. Thank you.
Hi Michelle, unfortunately we don’t make the envelopes. This tutorial is for making your own, but you can order custom labels to use on your envelopes through our shop here: http://www.evermine.com
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