Lantern bunting


Recycled items

  • Polystyrene cups
  • Bottle caps
  • Leftover wrapping paper
  • Leftover ribbons and strings

Also needed

  • PVA/modge podge/wallpaper glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Awl

Method for two trapezoids on top of each other

  1. 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.
  2. Place the two open sides of the cups on top of each other and glue together with PVA glue. Allow to dry.
  3. When it is completely dry, start to cover the cups with the pieces of torn paper as you would with papier-mâché.
  4. Allow to dry before you display them.

Method for the cylinder-type lantern

  1. Use two same-size bottle caps to make these lanterns. Make a hole in both of the bottle caps with the awl.
  2. 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.
  3. Take the off-cut ribbons and push them through the holes in the bottle caps; made a knot on the inside of the cap.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


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