Fun with paper fish

I recently finished a paper koi pond at work (looks pretty cool right ?)

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The message in the “pond” spells 福 or the chinese charector for blessings. The fact that I made this charactor using fish is important for cultural reasons; the chinese word for fish “鱼” is a homonym for the surplus “馀”.
All in all, this particular pond represents my wishes for a surplus of blessing in the coming new year.

I found the template for the fish over at this blog. There are also a lot of other fun 红包 or red envelope craft ideas and tutorials on the page too!

The instructions use fun colored “ang pow” these are the red envelopes children receive during Chinese New Year. I didn’t have a huge stack of these envelopes laying around when “inspiration struck” so I used some left over wrapping paper. I recommend using a heavy weight wrapping paper but anything will work – even left over coloring pages.
If you have a design in mind, you can make more fish at once by stacking pages on top of each other and cutting 3-4 fish at once. More the merrier, definitely applies!

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Once the fish are made apply tape to the bottom of the fins and tail to atrach them any surf you like.

One or two fish look really cool, too! I taped these two to the middle of our conference  table. The table looks much cooler now 😉

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I would love to see your fish ponds, too. Happy fishing !!

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Cosplay for Culture!

The holiday season is upon us and for most people that means Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years….well I’m Asian, and my dad’s super involved in the AA community so….Cosplay for Culture is an annual event at our house!  Check out my costume for Nelson’s Chinese New Year event!

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and if you happen to be in the KC area, here’s more information about Nelson Atkin’s Chinese New Year Event! (I’m in the Temple Gallery, Photo Op’s Welcome ^^)

Please, no creepers

Thanks!