This year, Lunar New Year starts on February 8, 2016, marking the start of the Year of the Monkey! Since 2012, I’ve been creating Red Envelopes for the year’s Chinese Zodiac Animal and My Year of the Monkey Red Envelopes for 2016 are ready to download!
Year of the Monkey Red Envelopes
Directions to assemble the Year of the Monkey Red Envelopes: Click here to download the Year of the Monkey Red Envelope images for the front of the envelopes (PDF). Each sheet contains two each of the three different images. Print it out on white cardstock, and use a paper trimmer to cut off the top, bottom, and side margins. Then, cut the six images apart, cutting along the borders. You can also use scissors.
Next, click here to download the Red Envelope Template. Print this out on red cardstock (or red printer paper). Note: This is a new and improved version from my old one made in 2012. This one is way better!
Cut out each envelope with scissors. Each sheet will give you two envelopes.
Fold all four flaps toward the middle, and apply glue stick or double-sided tape to the side flaps (but leave about the top 1/2 inch of the side flaps, as that part will be exposed). Press the bottom long flap up onto the side flaps. When folded up, each envelope is about 3×3 inches.
Apply adhesive to the front images. I used my Xyron Creative Station but you can also use glue stick. Center it on the front of your envelope.
To seal the envelope, I punched out hearts from gold glitter paper and ran them through my Xyron 1.5-inch Create-A-Sticker.
Apply the sticker after you insert your lucky money into the red envelope.
Your Year of the Monkey Red Envelopes are ready to pass out to the lucky little ones in your life!
If you have a Cricut Explore, you can cut out the envelopes super quick! Save the image below and upload it into Cricut Design Space.
Resize the image until the whole thing is 5×8 inches. Then, if you wish, you can put score lines where you’ll be folding (the faint square in the image below). The score line is located in Insert Shapes. You can cut two per 8.5×11 inch piece of paper (so you can either copy and paste in the screen below, or you can select in the next screen 2 projects and that will add one more envelope. Remember to select all and attach in the screen below, so your score lines stay put when you send it to the mat, and insert your scoring stylus into the carriage.
Are you looking for Long Red Envelopes? Find a template and images for the Year of the Monkey (and a simple wedding image too!) here.
If you’d like to resize the front images of the square red envelopes and use for things like banners or cards, you can save them below.
And don’t forget your Year of the Monkey 2016 Calendar!
Gung Hay Fat Choy (May you have a prosperous new year)
Sun Nien Fai Lok (Happy New Year)
Gung Hay Bok Choy (my girls being goofy)