It’s the year of the Sheep! Chinese New Year celebrations have begun and this year marks the year of the Sheep (some refer to it as a Goat or even a Ram, I guees it’s up to your own perception!) According to Chinese astrology, each year (starting from Chinese New Year) is associated with an animal sign, occurring in a 12-year cycle. For example 2015 is a year of the Sheep, so congrats to those of you having babies this year and those of you are already in the Sheep category being born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027. Me? I’m a Dragon, which sounds pretty darn cool!
To host your own Chinese New Year celebration, I’m sharing with you instructions on how to make your very own chopstick wrappers made from origami! The first way is very simple, but requires a bit of glue or tape to secure, and the second way is a little trickier but holds itself together by it’s natural folds. Both are really pretty and fun to make!
Simple Origami Chopstick Wrappers
You need 1 sheet of origami paper 6 x 6 inches, or cut one sided wrapping paper or other thin paper to size.
Fold the sheet of paper in half. Open out and then fold both long edges into the midline and fold, so that the fold lines divide the paper into four columns.
Open out so that the wrong side is facing up. On the top right hand corner, fold the corner over so that it is in line with the right fold line. On the top left hand corner, fold the corner over so that it is in line with the middle fold line. It should look like this:
Fold the right side into the midline.
Fold the left side over and secure on back.
Easy peasy right? Tuck a pair of chopsticks into the wrapper with the pointed side facing down.
Here’s another way
This time you will need origami paper that is 7 x 12 inches
Fold the paper in half and then each half again into the center. Keeping the printed side down.
Unfold and turn the upper left corner down to the center crease.
Fold the bottom up into the center and continue until the object is the width of one fold.
Turn over the end, marking the crease when the turned end is level with the visible edge of the turned corner
Fold back the end, turning it at right angles so the tail goes straight up and the crease makes and angle fold. Refer to the photo here, this is the trickiest move.
Lift the paper and wrap the tail once around the bottom of the wrapper.
Fold the end of the tail into a triangle before turning the end over and tucking it in place.
Both ways are very easy with a little practise and will add some fun flair to your Chinese New Year meal this year!
You’re invited to the Blue Dragon Chinese New Year Twitter Party!
Date: February 19, 2015
Time: 9pm – 10pm EST
Twitter Party Hashtag: #BLUEDRAGONCNY
Disclosure: I am part of the Blue Dragon Canada ambassador program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.