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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Chinese New Year crafts: Prosperity fish(Chinese New Year special part 3)

Want to have some Chinese New Year decorations? Well, you're not late for you still have 12 more days for Chinese New Year to be over! This is a little craft that I made which I called the Prosperity Fish! This fish design was completely made by me and I did not look at any tutorial for this. This is the final product.

Big fish

Small fish

These are the items you need to make it.
Essential:
1. An elongated red packet, preferably a vertical one(Sure you can probably use a horizontal one, but I don't know how it will turn out considering I'm using a vertical one)
2. Scotch tape/packaging tape/sticky tape
3. Scissors(well duh! It is essential for cutting the tape and cutting the red packet into 2 sheets)
Optional:
1. Blue tag(More for decorative purposes, or you can use my suggestion)
2. Red string(More for decorative purposes, or you can use my suggestion)
3. A hard item(You'll see why later)
Here's the tutorial.
(Note: There are actually 2 different sizes to make the fish with the elongated red packet, one big and one small. Making the smaller one with a red packet can bring you 4 fishes in total)
Basic:
Step 1:
Use your red packet and cut off the strap that seals it
Step 2:
Cut your red packets into two sheets of paper, something like this:



Step 3:
Cut your red packet 'sheets' into half with the 'sheet' vertical and cutting horizontally.
Step 4:
Decide which fish you want to make. Big or small? If you are making a small fish, read on. Otherwise, skip the small fish part and go to big fish.
Small fish:
Step 1:
Cut even further from the halves, into quarters. 
Step 2:
Set 2 of the quarters aside and use the other 2 quarters. Fold a quarter into half and unfold it again. After that,  you turn 2 corners towards the line, but don't go pass it. Unfold them and cut it. KEEP ONE TRIANGLE THAT YOU CUT FROM THE QUARTER. IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR ANOTHER STEP.
Step 3:
Using that part you made from a quarter, place it on top of the uncut quarter and cut accordingly.
Step 4:
It's time to place the quarters into a fish shape! The 2 uncut quarters will be the outer part and as the fish 'body' and the cut quarters will be the fish's 'tail'. Place your 2 uncut quarters in a rhombus/diamond position and use something hard to put on top of them. 
Step 5: 
Cut some tape to stick 1 uncut and cut quarter together 
Step 6:
Line up your second half of the fish with the first half which is stuck with tape. Stick the second half of the fish's head and tail together.
Step 7: 
Stick both halves together with tape
Step 8:
Cut a triangle you previously had from cutting 2 of the quarters into half. Stick it on your almost completed fish with tape, though don't stick it completely!
And your small fish is done! Like I said, with one elongated red packet you can make 4 small fishes!
Big fish:
Step 1:
Set 2 of the halves aside and have 2 halves ready for cutting. If you happen to have the little arch near the opening on your red packet, then I do suggest you to use that along with another half. Fold the half into half and unfold it. After that, fold 2 corners in, not across the folded line. Unfold the corners and cut them. KEEP ONE TRIANGLE THAT YOU CUT FROM THE HALF. IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR ANOTHER STEP.
Step 2:
Put your first cut half with an uncut half and cut according to the length of the uncut one.
Step 3:
It's time to place the halves into a fish shape! The 2 uncut halves will be the outer part and as the fish 'body' and the cut halves will be the fish's 'tail'. Place your 2 uncut halves in a rhombus/diamond position and use something hard to put on top of them. 
Step 4:
Cut some tape to stick 1 uncut and cut half together 
Step 5:
Line up your second half of the fish with the first half which is stuck with tape. Stick the second half of the fish's head and tail together.
Step 6:
Stick both halves together with tape.
Step 7:
Cut a triangle you previously had from cutting 2 of the quarters into half. Stick it on your almost completed fish with tape, though don't stick it completely!
And that's it! Happy fish making!

Written by Lynn

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