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Printable Envelopes and Bookmarks for Year of the Rabbit, Chinese New Year

This article contains 20 printable templates for making bookmarks or lucky red envelopes for the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac.

This article contains 20 printable templates for making bookmarks or lucky red envelopes for the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac.

Chinese New Year Crafts for Kids

On Sunday, January 22nd 2023, the Year of the Rabbit will begin. The rabbit is the fourth animal in the Chinese zodiac cycle. See the paragraphs below for a collection of printable patterns for bookmarks and lucky red envelopes to celebrate this holiday. Parents, teachers, and group leaders can use these craft projects with a large group of children or one-on-one. They are appropriate for preschool (with some help), kindergarteners, or elementary-age children to color, cut, and put together. If you work at a school or daycare–or if you are have been trying to find a quick and easy project for your children to craft at home–these patterns give you a simple way to print and color an item that ties in with Chinese New Year.

Each template contains the Chinese characters for the phrase “Happy New Year” and also the pinyin version of that same phrase. Pinyin is an alphabetic system that that was developed to demonstrate how to pronounce the words the Chinese characters represent.

If you are looking for articles with more printables, you can find more of my articles by entering “Adele Jeunette” and “Year of the Rabbit” into your browser. You will find articles that offer templates for things like greeting cards, lanterns, coloring sheets, and other projects.

Year of the Rabbit: Red Envelope Templates 1–10

Here is the link to the document for the envelope templates: Envelope Templates for Year of the Rabbit.

Thumbnail photos of each template are shown below. If you want to enlarge a photo in order to see it better, just click on the image.

These envelopes are traditionally red since red is a lucky color in China. If you have some red paper, you can print the patterns below directly onto it. Then you can cut the envelopes out and put them together. If you would like different colors for the graphic on the front of the envelope, you can print that onto white paper, color it, cut it out, and attach it to the envelope. You can also use the graphics which appear at the end of the bookmark template to put on the envelope.

If you only have white paper, you can print the templates onto that paper and color the background red. You can then use different colors to fill in the design. For any words or characters, consider using a metallic gold marker or a gold crayon, as gold is the traditional color the Chinese use for writing on these red envelopes.

Sample Finished Envelopes

Red crayon was used to make the background for these envelopes.

Red crayon was used to make the background for these envelopes.

These envelopes were printed onto red paper. The pictures (which you can find on the last page of the bookmarks template below) were colored, cut out, and then glued to the envelope.

These envelopes were printed onto red paper. The pictures (which you can find on the last page of the bookmarks template below) were colored, cut out, and then glued to the envelope.

You can use a gold metallic marker to trace the outline of the rabbit picture.

You can use a gold metallic marker to trace the outline of the rabbit picture.

Lucky Red Envelopes Customs for Chinese New Year

Red is a lucky color in China, and it is customary to use red envelopes to give money to friends and relatives to celebrate Chinese New Year and other special occasions. These envelopes often have gold embellishments, since gold signifies wealth.

In Mandarin, people call these envelopes hong bao (which translates to "red envelope.") In Cantonese, people call them lai see (which translates to "good luck.") The official language in China is Mandarin, but many of the people who live in the southern part of the country speak Cantonese, which is a related language.

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Customarily, people give out these envelopes at the new year. They are especially likely to give them to unmarried children in the family and to the children of close friends and acquaintances. Many places of work will distribute them to their employees on the last day before the holiday, making them similar to a bonus.

Year of the Rabbit: Bookmark Templates 1–10

Here you will find the link to the document for the bookmark templates: Bookmark Templates for Year of the Rabbit.

Most of them feature a picture of a rabbit, and the Chinese character for rabbit along with the phrase "Happy New Year!" which is written in English, pinyin, and Chinese characters.

It’s best to print these images onto card stock to make the bookmark more sturdy. You’ll find four bookmarks on each page. You can cut along the heavy black lines on each page in order to separate the bookmarks.

Page 6 of the document features bookmarks in which the top has been left blank so that you can cut out your own image and paste it there to decorate it. I have also included some printable rabbit images, in case you want to use them, at the end of the document. You may also want to have children draw a rabbit in this space or to cut out a photo they find in a magazine or online to attach there.

See below for photos which show what each of the templates looks like. If you would like to see a bigger image, just click on the corresponding thumbnail.

Further down, you can see some photos of sample finished projects to give you some ideas on how you can decorate the blank bookmarks.

Sample Finished Bookmarks

These bookmarks were printed onto white card stock and colored with crayons.

These bookmarks were printed onto white card stock and colored with crayons.

Ideas for Bookmarks With Toppers

The 6th template in the above documents is blank to affix whichever graphic you would like to the top of the bookmark. I've included several different designs that you can cut out and use in the documents link. Alternately, you can have children draw a picture and then glue that to the top of the bookmark.

Sample Bookmarks With Toppers

These bookmarks were made with the template on page 6 and the graphics included on pages 7-10.

These bookmarks were made with the template on page 6 and the graphics included on pages 7-10.

These bookmarks were made with the template on page 6 and the graphics included on pages 7-10.

These bookmarks were made with the template on page 6 and the graphics included on pages 7-10.

These bookmarks were made with the template on page 6 and the graphics included on pages 7-10.

These bookmarks were made with the template on page 6 and the graphics included on pages 7-10.

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