~ DIY lantern ~

29 September 2012

the Mid-Autumn Festival is coming this weekend, and everyone is making — or buying — lanterns. so, we made a quick and easy lantern ourselves… (actually, we stole the idea from aina’s chinese teacher, who’s very crafty and creative!)

DIY lantern for mid-autumn festival

it’s very simple to make. you need:

  • two disposable plastic bowls. we prefer the non-translucent, but couldn’t find any with good shape. so we ended up with the translucent one.
  • red embroidery floss
  • golden thread
  • large bead. we wanted a green bead to make it look like jade, but we ended up using a wooden bead from ari’s old bracelet.
  • battery & lightbulb. we bought a small flashlight at Daiso. $2 :)
  • a disposable chopstick
  • a piece of paper to cover the flashlight. we won’t be needing this if the plastic bowls were opaque.

first we made the tassles. i have a few rolls of DMC 6-strands embroidery floss, which i cut right in the middle…

DIY lantern for mid-autumn festival

pull about 1 meter of the floss from another roll, and tie the cut floss right in the middle, like the picture below. this strand needs to be long because it will be the strand that hold the lantern together.

DIY lantern for mid-autumn festival

next, wrap another strand of the red embroidery floss around the tassle to keep the tassle going one direction. and you can use the golden thread for wrapping to make it pretty.

DIY lantern for mid-autumn festival
DIY lantern for mid-autumn festival

add the bead on top of the tassle. a green bead works better to make it look like jade, but we didn’t have green beads… so old wooden beads from ari’s bracelet will do for now.

then, don’t forget to make a knot on the red floss about 10cm from the bead.

DIY lantern for mid-autumn festival

while i made the tassles, ari made two holes on the bottom of each plastic bowl using a hammer and nail.

DIY lantern for mid-autumn festival

once the tassle and bowls are done, aina sew the floss through the bowls, starting from the bottom bowl.

DIY lantern for mid-autumn festival
DIY lantern for mid-autumn festival

before closing the lantern, we glued the flashlight to the bottom bowl and turned it on. then, we wrapped a piece of paper around the flashlight loosely and close the top bowl. to keep it closed, we taped the 2 sides of the bowls.

to attach the chopstick onto the floss, first make a knot to close the loop. then, we just tape the floss onto the chopstick so that the latern doesn’t move around while being carried.

and it’s done!

DIY lantern for mid-autumn festival

the right one is the lantern with opaque bowl and prettier shape. cute, no?

playground at night, with lanterns

~ comment (4) ~

Kreatif sekali Aina…..digantung dimana lanternnya?

maudy pojoh kamarga | 5 October 2012 - 12:07 | reply

di rumah temen. besoknya kita bikin lantern rame2 di rumah temen… tapi entrynya blum ditulis, hehe.

thalia | 5 October 2012 - 11:08 | reply

Senang sekali, bikin sesuatu….kayanya di play ground dekat rumah tuh Oma.

mimi | 5 October 2012 - 08:20 | reply

iya, senang… udah lama ga bikin2 :) ini di playground apartment temen.

thalia | 5 October 2012 - 11:09 | reply