Warning: Declaration of thesis_comment::start_lvl(&$output, $depth, $args) should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl(&$output, $depth = 0, $args = Array) in /home/onemint/public_html/wp-content/themes/thesis_18/lib/classes/comments.php on line 0

Warning: Declaration of thesis_comment::end_lvl(&$output, $depth, $args) should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl(&$output, $depth = 0, $args = Array) in /home/onemint/public_html/wp-content/themes/thesis_18/lib/classes/comments.php on line 0

Warning: Declaration of thesis_comment::start_el(&$output, $comment, $depth, $args) should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output, $object, $depth = 0, $args = Array, $current_object_id = 0) in /home/onemint/public_html/wp-content/themes/thesis_18/lib/classes/comments.php on line 0

Warning: Declaration of thesis_comment::end_el(&$output, $comment, $depth, $args) should be compatible with Walker::end_el(&$output, $object, $depth = 0, $args = Array) in /home/onemint/public_html/wp-content/themes/thesis_18/lib/classes/comments.php on line 0
Paper Lanterns

Paper Lanterns

by Ancella on September 14, 2010

in Human forms and Objects,Instructional Videos

Japanese Lanterns

Paper lanterns come in various shapes and sizes and have become the most popular DIY décor idea, of late. They are used to light up apartments, homes, as well as used as Wedding decorations. Once can use plain copier paper, rice paper, paper doilies or any other translucent decorative paper of their choice.

These lanterns are most popular in China, Japan, and other South East Asian countries where they are used during the Lantern Festival as well as in traditional places.

In Japan, the traditional lighting equipment consists of:

  • Andon: – This is a lamp which was constructed by stretching paper over a bamboo, metal or wooden frame. Inside this, was a stone or ceramic holder with a cotton wick, which was lit (to light the lamp).
  • Bonbori: – This type of a Japanese lantern was also constructed with paper stretched over a frame and was therefore similar to the Andon, but was smaller, portable as well as has a six-sided cross section.
  • Chōchin: – This type of a lantern consisted of a split bamboo frame twisted in the form of a spiral. As an option to paper, silk was also used to cover the frame and protect the flame from the wind. This was mostly used as a hanging lantern and could be collapsed to flatten it.
  • Tōrō: – These are lanterns, which adorned the grounds of Buddhist temples, Shinto Shrines, Japanese Gardens, and other traditional places. These lanterns did not use paper or silk, but instead were made of stone, bronze, iron, or wood.

In, today’s DIY section, you can create your own paper lanterns. I have collated instructions from the Internet to 3 distinct type of paper lanterns (giving credit to the original contributors, of course) and I am hoping that you will enjoy folding these!

  1. Round Paper Lanterns:

First off, we’ll start with the traditional, round rice paper lanterns, which are very common, today. No doubt, you can purchase these at local craft stores and decorate them at home, but the instructions below will allow you to make the entire lantern from scratch. These instructions are courtesy eHow.com

Things You’ll Need:

  • Bamboo strips
  • Tape
  • Rice paper
  • Glue stick
  • Socket and light bulb
  1. Design your rice paper lantern. You will need to decide on the number and size of your bamboo rungs. Spend time looking at different examples of rice paper lanterns for inspiration.
  2. Obtain your bamboo strips according to your design. Cut them to the desired length of your lantern’s circumference.
  3. Bend each piece of wood into a circle, attaching each end together with masking tape. To soften the wood for bending, heat it over a flame. Once bent and taped to your satisfaction, place the bamboo rings in cold water so that the new shape is made firm.
  4. Attach your bamboo circles to each other using either tape or string according to your design. The smaller loops are almost always placed on top and bottom.
  5. Attach a socket and bulb to the top rung using tape, with the socket hanging upside down. You can either run a line from the top of the lantern or use a battery-powered socket.
  6. Attach your tassel to the small bottom rung of your lantern.
  7. Cut out a piece of rice paper about an inch wider than the lantern’s circumference and slightly longer than the length of the lantern’s height. Wrap it around the lantern and attach both ends of the paper with a glue stick on the back side. Fold the excess over the top and bottom of the lantern frame and attach to the top and bottom rings with glue stick.
  8. Tighten the rice paper over the frame by lightly spraying a mist of water onto the paper’s surface and waiting for it to dry.
  9. Hang your rice paper lantern. Hang a cord from the top bamboo rung.

Paper Lanterns
Photo Courtesy Cali2Okie (April)

You can decorate your paper lanterns with tissue paper polka dots with the help of instructions from The Swell Life. You can also cut out other shapes or patterns for your lantern using this idea.

2.  Paper Lantern Ornaments:
These lanterns are non-traditional and can be made with strips of paper or card stock. You will be able to get a good selection of wrapping paper as well as cardstock now that the holiday season is nearing. These DIY Instructions can be found at The Creative Place.

paper lantern

Photo Courtesy letizia.lorenzetti

3.  Simple Paper Lanterns:
These lanterns are pretty simple and will remind you of school art projects. Again, you can use decorative paper, construction paper or wrapping paper for these lanterns. I have also seen some lanterns in which paper doilies (the rectangular) shaped ones are used.

Blog Widget by LinkWithin

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

BestEssie April 19, 2018 at 3:28 PM

I see you don’t monetize your site, don’t waste your traffic, you can earn extra cash every month because you’ve
got hi quality content. If you want to know how to make extra
money, search for: Ercannou’s essential adsense alternative

Lauren Thalberg October 14, 2019 at 1:41 PM

Hello! Since you’re reading this message then you’re living proof that contact form advertising works! We can send your advertisement to people via their contact us form on their website. The best part of this type of promotion is that messages sent through contact forms are automatically whitelisted. This improves the likelihood that your message will be read. Never any PPC costs! Pay a one time fee and reach millions of people. For details please send an email to: lily5854gre@gmail.com

Jeffery Maclurcan November 23, 2019 at 12:53 PM

Trying to find powerful online promotion that isn’t full of crap? Sorry to bug you on your contact form but actually that was kinda the point. We can send your ad copy to sites via their contact pages just like you’re reading this note right now. You can target by keyword or just execute mass blasts to websites in the country of your choice. So let’s say you would like to blast a message to all the contractors in the United States, we’ll scrape websites for only those and post your ad text to them. As long as you’re promoting something that’s relevant to that niche then you’ll get an amazing response!

Send a reply to evie2535gre@gmail.com for the full details

Della Stephenson December 31, 2019 at 3:49 PM

Need to find effective online promotion that doesn’t charge a fortune and gets amazing resuts? Sorry to bug you on your contact form but actually that was the whole point. We can send your ad copy to websites via their contact forms just like you’re receiving this note right now. You can specify targets by keyword or just fire off bulk blasts to websites in any country you choose. So let’s say you’re looking to send a message to all the web developers in the United States, we’ll grab websites for only those and post your promo to them. Providing you’re advertising something that’s relevant to that type of business then you’ll receive an awesome result!

Fire off a quick message to ethan3646hug@gmail.com for details on how this works

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: