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Chinese New Year is just round the corner and I managed to give our living space a festive feel, just by adding a Chinese character Fu (福). The word, which means blessings (or good fortune, luck, happiness, etc), is the hallmark of CNY decoration.
Red is usually the typical CNY colour but I did not want the decorations to be “shouting” for my attention half the time, I picked these colours instead. Okay, let me share how I made the simple Fu hanging decoration.  I printed out the character (Printable PDF here) on a thick A4 paper. You may notice that there is a bible verse printed as well (Proverbs 10:22, in TLB version). Since I hang the decor at the opening between my kitchen and living room, I can see the back of the sign so I sticked the verse there.  I used a pen cutter to trim off the black part of the FU word. I kept the five pieces of white spaces in the character for later use.  I applied glue on right side up. Spread the glue thinly but cover all the area well. I put too much so I have to live with visible spots of dry glue on my work (cry). Then, I placed the word on the fabric (wrong side).  I cut slits/v-notches on the fabric as I glued them to the edges of the paper.
 I applied glue to the back of the sign. Again, I put too much! You can see all the glue oozing out. (Sigh, when will I ever learn.) :P Remember the 5 white pieces? I wrapped them with the same crepe fabric and glued them directly on, to complete the character.  I trimmed off the excess red chirimen. I made a simple tassel using a new skein of embroidery thread (just tied one end and cut off the other half; and you can make two tassels with this method). I placed the red thread of the tassel on the back of the sign and taped fabric scraps over it to secure it further. Before mounting the sign on a Shikishi (色紙/ artboard with golden trim), I tied two cords with beads on the top corners, and glued fancy origami papers on the board.  The final step (after the sign was mounted on the shikishi), I attached a braided cord (with metallic strands) around the sign. Done! Nice and simple!
I also added a Chinese lantern just to spice up the CNY atmosphere:
Blessed Chinese New Year to you!