Paper Mache Lanterns

Published: 19th December 2013 09:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th December 2013 09:18 AM   |  A+A-


It’s the end of the year, which means there’s decorations to be put up. Well, you don’t have to bother spending a days rummaging through shops looking for a ornamentations that aren’t mass produced; instead make your own creative happy decor from scrap lying around at home

Things you need

 Blown Up Balloon

 Glue

 Tea Light Candle

 Aluminum Foiled Paper Cup

 Thick String (Cord)

 Tye Wire

 Paint Brush

 Scissors

 Tissue (Lots of it)


 Mixing the glue: Mix glue with water, preferably in the ratio of 4:1 (four parts of glue, one part water)

 Paper the blown up balloon: Paint the balloon with the mixed glue. Take some tissue (ideally white colored) and start pasting it on the balloon painted with glue. Make sure at least three layers of tissue are glued on the balloon. This way, your lantern remains stiff in the end.

 Adding the string: After you are done gluing three layers of tissue to the balloon, take a string/ cord and wrap it around the top area of the balloon. Now cover the string with another layer of tissue.

 Leave it to dry: Leave the balloon to dry. If possible, try hanging the balloon to avoid the glue getting stuck to the base. Dry the papered balloon for at least 24 hours to ensure the shape of the lantern.

 Pop the balloon: After making sure that the balloon is completely dry from all the sides, pop the balloon and take it out. You will see that the glued tissue retains the shape of the balloon.  Cut the excess paper beyond the string as it gives a cleaner edge. This is our lantern. You can decorate your lantern with colored tissue.

 Tea light candle base: Take the tea light and glue it to paper cups made of aluminum foil on the inside. Now stick the cup inside bottom part of the lantern.

 Adding the handle: Take a metallic string wire and pierce it through one side (close to the top) of the lantern and fold it at the edge. Repeat the step on the other side as well.

 Light the tea light and see the wonder you’ve created.

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