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Monday, November 1, 2010

How To Make a Japanese Money Envelope

This Japanese money envelope is also known as kinpu. Often money is given for special occasions and presented in one of these beautiful folded envelopes. These envelopes come in many styles, some more elaborate than others. For this tutorial, I thought I would share a very basic style with you.

Mizuhiki cord - can be substituted for ribbon
12" x 12" green washi paper - scrap-booking paper works just as well
1" x 9" strip of decorative washi paper
7 1/4" x 4" pink paper
Glue Sticks
Acrylic varnish
Wax paper
Plain white money envelope or money wrapped in tissue

Making the Envelope

Place money in center of the decorative envelope. Fold in where you have scored the paper starting with the bottom flap first. Fold facing left flap in. Fold facing right flap in.

Your envelope should now look something like this.

Making the Mizuhiki Knot

Take three strips of mizuhiki cord and tape down on wax paper. Brush one side with acrylic varnish. Let dry. In the mean time you will make your mizuhiki knot. For directions, click here.

Wrap decorative washi paper around the envelope and glue in back. Do not glue the washi paper to the envelope. You want it to be able to slide off. Wrap mizuhiki cord around decorative washi paper and tape together to hold in place. Hot glue mizuhiki knot in front. Done.

Here are a couple elaborate mizuhiki knots from some money envelopes. If you feel like a challenge, you can try and recreate these.

Sorry this post is a little late. Friday night I had to go to the ER due to a tension headache. I'm fine now but I was out of commission for the weekend. I'm just now getting back into my regular schedule.


mind said...

Great tutorial.
I was looking something like this. You should thank G()()gle. :)

Unknown said...

I am really sorry about your headache. One short note about the template and the sample - the panel where the V neck line is cut is different on the template than the panel shown on the sample. I just wanted to give you heads up because it can get a little confusing.

zakkalife said...


Thanks for pointing out the mistake in the template. I just fixed it. Hopefully everything makes sense now.


Ancella said...

I love the elaborate Mizuhiki knots. Did you make them yourself? or are they ready made? Do you have a book you refer to?

zakkalife said...


The more elaborate knots came with a couple cards I purchased at Daiso. Sometimes I can just recreate them by looking at them.

If you want to get into making the knots, I would recommend the book "Make Mizuhiki Magic" by Karen Thomas. It's good beginner book but it also includes some fancy knot tutorials as well.

Michelle L. said...

Ooh, what a great tute! I bought a whole buncha these at 100 Yen in Tokyo, and I am running out. I can't wait to try the Mizuhiki!

Decora Recicla Imagina… said...

It's a great idea! I don'l like the tradition of giving money at weddings. Now i know what I'll do in the next.

Smelly Butt's Ama said...

Thanks for sharing! I have a few of this too, from my Japanese bosses when I got married 5yrs ago. still keeping 'em, coz they are so beautiful!

Rosana Garcia Hess said...

Lovely project....would you mind if I feature on my blog?
Hugs from Brazil

lala said...

nice share

Ancella said...

Hi Jessica,

Thanks for letting me know. Yes, I do love Mizuhiki Knots...will try and get my hands on that book (as well as the threads)! I like your craft ideas a lot :)

- Ancella

Ginger said...

Wonderful tutorial just right time for christmas monday & new years.
Thank you for the tutorial.

Ayie said...

very elegant, I love it!

Nancy Ward said...

Hi Jess,

Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog, PaperFriendly.

Nancy Ward

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