Make a Christmas Lantern

Edited by Emmanuel M. Lardizabal, Graeme, Mary Joy, Rebecca M. and 4 others

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Lantern is decoration used for an upcoming celebration. It may be a Christmas, New Year or different holidays. Lanterns usually welcome the upcoming celebration and make such celebration happy.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. People get excited about parties, gift-giving and of course decorating Christmas trees and their homes. One piece which should not be absent as a decoration, is a Christmas lantern. It symbolizes the star which served as a guide to the three kings when they traveled to Bethlehem to see the new born Jesus. It also symbolizes hope as it may be seen as a light amidst the darkness.

Christmas lanterns are usually seen on doors, windows as well as outdoors like your patio or lawn. It may come in different designs and styles. It also comes in different shapes. Some lanterns are made out of recycled materials, some are decorated with lights and some are simple. Some also are made up of indigenous materials such as leaves of trees or even bay leaves and any raw materials. In the Philippines, they come in different styles and shapes. Commonly, they are made out of bamboo which is covered by newspapers and is designed. Designs also includes putting an ornament to it and covering it with recyclable or indigenous materials. Their common shape is a star but they can be made also into different shapes like circle and other shapes. These days they can be seen made out of almost anything. Materials such as seashells, plastic bottles, glass, beans, beads, and metals are not common since they are used and seen all the time as a design when Christmas is fast approaching.

Things Needed in Making Christmas Lantern

  • Two (30 inch) bamboo sticks
  • wire strips
  • thread
  • glue
  • colored paper; it can be Japanese paper or gift wrap
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • tape
  • tinsel

Steps in Making Christmas Lantern

  1. 1
    Form a circle out of the bamboo sticks using the thread.
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    Make a frame of a five-pointed star using the wire strips
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    Twist the ends of the wire strip into the circle to form a star.
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  3. 3
    Get the colored paper and draw a star unto it
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    Cut it out. Make two cut colored paper for the front and back of the lantern.
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  4. 4
    Glue the first cut colored paper into the front side of the star
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    And then glue the other into the back side.
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  5. 5
    Add some details into your lantern.
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  • You can also make four sided lantern, eight sided, ten sided or more if you wish to. You only need to follow the steps provided and add some bamboo sticks to add sides.

How to Preserve Christmas Lanterns for Next Year

Christmas will never be complete without lanterns and so a lot of people really invest in these. However, some lanterns are also not cheap and what's bad is that when you keep them inside the storage for the entire year to wait for next Christmas, the moment you need them again, they're broken already or they look rather old and not presentable enough anymore.

Here are some ways to avoid this kind of problem and to keep your lanterns looking new every year even when you've been using it for years already:

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    Store it properly
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    The way you store these types of items will make a lot of difference in the way it will look after some time. For example, if you place it in a storage area where a lot of sunlight comes through, there is a high likelihood that the color will fade and it will not look as attractive anymore a few months later. On the other hand, if you place it in a very enclosed space and not much air is coming through it, you may eventually notice that molds will form and it will damage the overall texture of your lanterns. It is best to store it in an area with room temperature. Inserting a few packs of silica gel in between will help keep the moisture level normal. Also, you may want to cover it with some fabrics and you can even use the typical dust bags used to store leather bags.
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    Do not let dust and dirt stay in it for a long time
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    Since lanterns are meant to be displayed, they are very prone to capture lots of dirt and dust. Therefore, regular cleaning will help prolong its life span. You may not need to clean it every day but at least wipe it with moist fabric from time to time. This is also especially the case when you are about to store it already. Do not store it dirty. However, if you do wipe it with moist fabric, wait until it dries up before you put it into storage.
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    Take care of the details
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    One of the most common mistakes in taking care of lanterns is that the smaller details are not handled properly. For example, if the lantern has frills or pendants, you need to handle that with care. When you store it, you have to make sure that those are separately stored if you can detach them.
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If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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