These lanterns are so fun to make and cast a beautiful light!
Captain and I had a great time making these simple paper mache style lanterns. We still have ours sitting on our counter with a tea light ready to glow upon our dinner.
Choose as many colors of tissue paper as you like, or have around, and cut them into strips. The strips do not have to be the same size, in fact, we think different widths make a nicer texture.
Lay down newspaper and blow up your balloon. For younger kids, keeping it at a smaller size is beneficial as it does take time to apply the layers of paper. Mix equal parts water and white school glue in a bowl.
Cover the balloon with petroleum jelly (to prevent sticking) and start dipping strips of tissue paper into the glue mixture and apply, smoothing them down as you go. They don’t have to be perfect! Continue to add strips, crossing over and over to make at least 3 layers deep for sturdiness. Do not cover the top of the balloon, where it ties, as this will be the opening at the top. Captain did a lot of the work, but toward the end it got hard for her to hang onto the balloon so mom finished it for her. When it is all ready, hang to dry and then pop the balloon and remove it carefully. We trimmed the opening of the candle to make it look nice and finished.
Voila! Put a metal lid inside your lantern (to hold the candle) and add a tea candle. Next step is to admire it as a family 🙂 This is also a great time to explain about candles and fire danger too. We have a rule in our house, no candles except at the dinner table.
We would love to see your paper lantern pics if you make these!