Printable Envelopes and Bookmarks for Year of the Pig: Kids' Crafts for Chinese New Year

Updated on November 19, 2018
Adele Jeunette profile image

Adele Jeunette has been a youth librarian for 20 years and a mother to a child from China for 18 years.

Printable Bookmarks and Envelopes for Year of the Pig
Printable Bookmarks and Envelopes for Year of the Pig

Printable Envelopes and Bookmarks for Year of the Pig

When Chinese New Year starts on February 5, 2019, the date will herald the Year of the Pig. Here is a roundup of several printable patterns for envelopes and bookmarks suitable for preschool or elementary-age children to color, cut, and assemble. If you teach at a school, or if you are looking for a craft for your children to do at home, these simple patterns allow you to print and go.

Each template includes the Chinese characters for “Happy New Year” along with the pinyin version. (Pinyin is an alphabetic system that shows how to pronounce the words.)

For more craft ideas, see Easy Printable Projects for Year of the Dog.

How to Use These Patterns

The images are all loaded onto this article as photos (jpegs). Here is how to print them out:

  1. Left-click on the photo you want.
  2. Right-click to copy the image.
  3. Paste the photo into any sort of program that allows you to modify photos. Two examples are Microsoft Word or Publisher. Then, you can enlarge or minimize the image the way you’d like.
  4. Use the print function in the program to print out the picture you’ve pasted.

You may use these patterns for personal or educational use. Commercial use is prohibited. Most of the images are used under license from iStock.com.

Lucky Red Envelopes for Chinese New Year

In China red is a lucky color, and people often give friends and relatives red envelopes with money during Chinese New Year or other special occasions. The envelopes will usually have some sort of gold embellishment on them, since gold signifies wealth.

The Mandarin word for these envelopes is hong bao (which means “red envelope”), while the Cantonese call them lai see (which means “good luck.”) Mandarin is the official language in China, but many of the people in the south speak a variant of the related Cantonese language.

It is customary for people to give out these envelopes (especially to unmarried children in the family), and to the children of close friends and acquaintances. Many workplaces also give them out to employees on the last working day before the holiday, making them sort of like a bonus.

How much money you give depends upon who is giving and who is receiving. There are some guidelines for the amount which is appropriate to give to different people, depending on how close they are to you. One guideline says that you should not give money in any multiple with the number “4” in it, as 4’s are considered to be unlucky. The Mandarin word for “four” sounds similar to the word for “death,” and the Chinese have lots of traditions based on words that sound alike. On the other hand, the number “8” is considered to be lucky since the word “eight” sounds similar to the word for “to make a fortune.” (Now you know why why the Chinese started the Olympic Games on 8/08/2008. They considered the date to be propitious.) By this logic, you would not want to give someone 400 yuan (the yuan is their unit of money), but giving them 800 yuan would be lucky.

If you’d like to have the children make their own envelopes, you can print the patterns below out onto red paper. Then have them cut them out and assemble them. You can also print them onto white paper. That way, the children can color the background red and use different colors for the design. They can also use a gold metallic sharpie or a gold crayon to outline the pictures and the words.

Year of the Pig: Red Envelope Template #1

Template for cute little pig
Template for cute little pig

Template #2

Pig face pattern on envelope
Pig face pattern on envelope

Template #3

Envelope with Chinese character for pig
Envelope with Chinese character for pig

Template #4

Big round pig template
Big round pig template

Template #5

Pattern with pig in mud
Pattern with pig in mud

Template #6

Pig in a circle template
Pig in a circle template

Template #7

Cartoon pig printable envelope
Cartoon pig printable envelope

Template #8

Chubby pig pattern
Chubby pig pattern

Suggested Envelopes and Chocolate Coins

Here's an idea I've seen in the US for handing out red envelopes to groups: put a chocolate coin in the envelope. They are relatively inexpensive, but still give the idea of money. And, most kids are happier with a piece of chocolate than with a small amount of money like a dime or nickel.

Here are a couple of links to the supplies on Amazon. The Red Envelopes in Colors feature nice-looking illustrations. Sometimes, the adhesive isn’t all that strong, but that doesn’t matter much to me because they don’t have to hold very long. The Solid Milk Chocolate Large Kennedy Gold Coins are fairly big, but they still fit nicely in the envelopes. They are affordable, and a good quality. See below for a picture of each item.

I've bought these envelopes for several years. They feature traditional symbols, but aren't specific to the zodiac year, so you can save any you have left over for the next year.
I've bought these envelopes for several years. They feature traditional symbols, but aren't specific to the zodiac year, so you can save any you have left over for the next year.
Here are the chocolate coins that have worked out well for me to give to large groups.
Here are the chocolate coins that have worked out well for me to give to large groups.

Patterns for Year of the Pig Bookmarks

Below are several patterns for bookmarks which feature pig images along with the Chinese character for pig and the phrase "Happy New Year!" written in English, pinyin, and Chinese characters.

It bears repeating that each template is loaded as a photo (a jpeg). To use them, first right click on the image and choose "copy" from the menu that pops up. Then paste the image into a program such as Word or Publisher. From there, you can size that picture as you would like.

I usually print these images onto card stock, which makes for a sturdy bookmark. Cut along the heavy black lines to cut out each one.

Year of the Pig: Bookmark Template #1

Cute pig bookmark template
Cute pig bookmark template

Bookmark Template #2

Pig face template
Pig face template

Bookmark Template #3

Cartoon pig template
Cartoon pig template

Bookmark Template #4

Printable bookmarks with round pig
Printable bookmarks with round pig

A Bookmark to Decorate Yourself

I've left this bookmark blank on the top so that you can choose your own decoration. You can cut out a picture of a pig and attach it to the top. Or, you can draw a pig in the space at the top.

Bookmark Template #5 - Blank Top

Year of the Pig bookmarks with blank top. Draw your own pig, or attach a pig to the top.
Year of the Pig bookmarks with blank top. Draw your own pig, or attach a pig to the top.
Sample bookmark using template above
Sample bookmark using template above

Questions & Answers

    © 2018 Adele Jeunette

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, holidappy.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://holidappy.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)