- Polystyrene cups
- Bottle caps
- Leftover wrapping paper
- Leftover ribbons and strings
- PVA/modge podge/wallpaper glue
- Pencil and ruler
Method for two trapezoids on top of each other
- Use two polystyrene cups to make the first type of lantern. Use an awl to make a hole in the middle base of one polystyrene cup. Take a piece of ribbon (about 30cm long) with a loop and push it through the opening. Make a knot on the inside of the cup. This will become the hanging device for the lantern.
- Place the two open sides of the cups on top of each other and glue together with PVA glue. Allow to dry.
- When it is completely dry, start to cover the cups with the pieces of torn paper as you would with papier-mâché.
- Allow to dry before you display them.
Method for the cylinder-type lantern
- Use two same-size bottle caps to make these lanterns. Make a hole in both of the bottle caps with the awl.
- Measure the circumference of the bottle caps and add 2cm to it. Cut a piece of colourful paper using the bottle cap measurements for the width and 15cm for the height.
- Take the off-cut ribbons and push them through the holes in the bottle caps; made a knot on the inside of the cap.
- Stick the paper to the outside borders of the two caps, one at the bottom and one at the top, to form a cylinder. Allow to dry.
- When it is completely dry, hang the two types of lanterns on a string. Keep them in position on the string with a small wooden peg.