How to Make an Easy Homemade Lantern
What You Will Need to Make Your Lantern
three long sticks
five short sticks
a length of plastic covered bendable wire
battery operated tealight or glowstick
tissue paper (white or coloured)
pva glue mixed with water (non toxic and non staining)
Various thin sticks to decorate the sides
Making A Homemade Lantern
Here are the instructions to make a easy homemade lantern in around 30 minutes. I have included a step by step photograph guide to make it even easier. Most of the materials are already in the house and the wooden sticks can be found outside.
The glow sticks or battery operated candles are easily accessible and can be bought from local shops or online at Amazon. Easy and fun to make, and looks awesome.
First Make a Triangle with 3 short Sticks
How to Make the Basic Lantern Frame
Take three short sticks and form a triangle shape. Join the ends securely with masking tape.
Make a Cross Shape across the Triangle
Making a Base to Hold your Candle
Use two short sticks secured by masking tape to form a cross shape across your triangle.
Making and Securing a Candle Holder
Making a Candle Holder
Use plastic covered wire to make a circular shape then use the wire end to keep it closed. Make four five inch pieces of wire coming out from the circle. One at the top, bottom and also both sides. Secure the four pieces of wire to each part of your cross at the base of the lantern.
Put the 3 longer sticks upward to form a pyramid shape
Making the Pyramid Shape
Now use three long sticks to go upwards from your three triangle corners and to meet in the middle. This creates a pyramid shape. As before secure firmly with masking tape.
Decorate Your Lantern
Creating a Pattern on Your Lantern
Use thin sticks to either make circular shapes or straight lines across your lantern sides. Attach the sticks with masking tape.
Be creative and let the patterns flow.
Cover the Whole Lantern Frame
Covering Your Lantern
Use white tissue paper to cover your lantern. Use a sponge to soak the paper with a water/pva glue mix. Put the sheet over the lantern frame till it is completely covered.
The Finishing Touches
When your paper has dried, you just need to put in the light. Use either a battery operated tealight or a glowstick. For safety reasons these lanterns are NOT suitable for using real candles. Also for safety reasons and even though it is battery operated candles in your lantern, do not leave your lanterns on unattended.
Now you have your very own really arty and cool glowing lantern.
Use Glowsticks or Battery Operated Tealights
Lots of Different Choices
There are no limits. You can make more than one lantern and use different coloured glow sticks for a multicoloured effect. Or by using different coloured tissue paper you can completely change the lantern. The plain white lanterns are my favourite as they give off a shining white glow.
There is no limit to the possibilities. Just remember the most important thing is to have lots of fun.
Let There Be Light
Good for the Kids and Adults too
As well as providing fun for the kids this lantern allows them to make decisions and also exercise their artistic skills.
They learn the value of using natural resources and off course they can take great pride in showing everyone their brilliant finished product!
For those with no kids in the house. This lantern is also a great adult craft project. It is great fun and in our modern, busy world it can provide a small oasis of creative, relaxing time within your hectic day.
The Finished Product
Lanterns for Xmas, New Year and Birthdays and Halloween
This lantern is very versatile and can be modified to suit all occasions. Plain white lanterns are suitable for all the different holidays and by changing any images you stick on you can customise your lantern for almost any occasion.
So keep crafting with those sticks and paper all year round. Thus keeping your own little space always filled with a warming glowing light.
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