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Holiday crafts for kids: Pinwheel Money Envelope tutorial

Cards, Holiday & seasonal crafts, Making flower, Paper crafts  |  September 13th 2011  |  0 Comment

Pinwheel Money Envelope for Chinese New Year

For this Chinese New Year, I want to make my own money envelope. I want to make a pinwheel envelope for two reasons:

1) Pinwheels are good luck symbols during Chinese New Year. The spinning of a pinwheel means “turning your luck around”.

2) Red Pockets are usually given to children from married couples, so it’s important for the envelopes to be fun. A pinwheel brings me back fond childhood memories of enchantment, celebration, and worry free days.


  • Red Paper
  • Printer
  • Scissor
  • Decorative paper for pinwheel
  • Split pin
  • Marker
  • Glue

Step 1:
I created a template. You can download it here. Print it out on a red piece of paper. The Chinese characters along the side is a new year’s greeting. It means “Congratulations and Prosperity”.

Step 2:
Make your pinwheel. I used and a pin, with dabs of glue to hold the corners in place as it dries.

Step 3:
Cut out the envelope from the template, score, and fold the edges. With an awl, pierce a whole through the pinwheel, and the envelope.

With a marker, draw a stem for the pinwheel.

Step 4:
Fasten the pinwheel to the envelope with a split pin. Then apply glue to the tabs to complete the envelope.