One of the cosiest Chinese festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival is all about celebrating with the family. It’s also the time of the year to light up the empty street with varicoloured lanterns! As interesting as those fancy lanterns the shops are selling, nothing beats the lantern that you make from scratch.
Here’s a quick and simple way to make your very own lantern:
What you need:
1. A4 coloured paper
6. Double-sided tape
7. Craft glue
8. Wooden chopsticks
Start by making accordion folds on the A4 paper (colour of your choice). Begin folding it at one end and working your way to the bottom. Then, unfold it.
Create a cylinder shape by rolling up the paper. Fasten the ends with a double-sided tape and now you’re done with the body of the lantern.
Tip: You may need someone to help you out with this step as it’s not easy to stick the ends together without creasing the paper.
Next, place the circular end of the lantern on a thin piece of cardboard. Use a pencil to trace the circumference and then draw four additional rectangular strips sticking out from the circle — these extra strips will be folded in and stick to the inside of the lantern.
Cut out the circle with the attached rectangles that you’ve drawn. Use double-sided tape to stick the rectangles to the inside of the lantern.
Optional: To beautify the lantern, you may decorate the base with coloured or patterned paper.
Use a pin to poke two holes at the top of the lantern. Make sure both holes are at the opposite ends. Insert a string and tie the ends. The string will be wound around the end of a chopstick later.
Tip: To prevent the paper from tearing, stick a piece of tape on the paper before you poke a hole.
What’s a lantern without some candle to illuminate it? Attach a tea-light candle to the base of the lantern with a super glue.
Tip: Always remember to fold the lantern before you light up the candle. You don’t want to watch your hard work burn away in a matter of seconds.
Finally, wind the string around the end of a chopstick. If needed, use a drop of super glue to help secure it.