This Chinese New Year lantern is made up of 30 pieces of red packets. It looks like a flower ball ornament.
I just learned this from an instruction book.
A special thing about this lantern is that the 30 red packets, each red money envelope has patterns printed on both sides.
I've specially selected that set of red packets to make this flower ball ornaments so that when I fold in the edges, I can have the patterns from the back side of the red envelope to be shown at the front. And I have a more colourful flower ball 彩球, than a red ball.
Not all red packets have patterns printed on both sides of each red envelope. If you can't get a set with patterns printed on both sides, a suggestion to you is to paste gold tape or any other coloured tapes at the sides of each red money envelope. To stick that, it requires time and effort.
Therefore, you may like to chose and buy the red packets suitable for the Chinese New Year Lanterns that you want to make.
I love browsing Ang Pow red packets with different prints and patterns. Some printed with the picture of the God of Wealth 财神，the chinese character 福 meaning good fortune, blessing and happiness, and "Gong Hey Fatt Choy" 恭喜发财 meaning wishing you prosperity. All the auspicious, happy and encouraging words printed on these red packets can make you so happy!