by Steph Hung
Wondering what the new year will bring? Look to the balloons! Monday marked the beginning of Chinese New Year, and I always love seeing the strings of lanterns that line the streets of Chinatown. The holiday is surrounded by myths about luck and prosperity, so I wanted to make something that might inspire good fortunes too.
Just pop a balloon to see what the future has in store:
Advice, encouragement, warnings, and recommendations – let the balloons give their two cents’ worth.
Materials you will need: water balloons, pump, string, paper, pen, and scissors.
Step 1: Cut paper into 1/4″ wide strips and write your fortunes.
Step 2: Roll up fortunes and slip one in each balloon. Blow up balloon and tie with a knot.
Step 3: Tie balloons onto a length of string. If you cinch the string tightly below the knot (i.e. between the knot and the balloon), this will help prevent air from leaking out.
Step 4: Hang your garland and let the divining begin.