DIY Lantern

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The Mid-Autumn Festival is a popular lunar harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people. In Singapore, this is also a celebration with mooncakes and lanterns! This year the festival is held on 30th Sep and everyone was 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 10 cm 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 lantern 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?

And you can do it together with your friends too… The tassle part may have to be done by adults (or buy the tassles in stores), but the lantern construction is pretty easy and a family-fun project to do :)

lantern-making
lantern-making
lantern-making
playground at night, with lanterns

13 Comments

  1. ninit
    ninit yunita October 19, 2012 at 6:44 am

    OMG!
    keren banget thal! pas liat fotonya ga ngira itu dari plastic bowl!

    kereeen!

    1. October 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      hihi, mayan mirip ya? gampang nyarinya jadinya, nit :D

  2. elforeni
    MeLa naiBaHo October 19, 2012 at 8:20 am

    ya ampyunn….

    dari mangkok plastik di dapur sama benang sulam si mama….
    wah bisa juga nie buat dirumah
    *wajib ditiru*

    thx sharingnya

    seru juga ya kalo bikinnya rame2

    mantapppp

    1. October 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      iya, lebih seru kalo bikinnya rame2, trus kalo udah kelar dijejerin gitu. apa lagi kalo warna warni… :D

      kalo jadi bikin, share disini yaaa!

  3. eka
    Eka Wulandari Gobel October 19, 2012 at 9:23 am

    wiih..lucu2 banget! pake mangkok warna warni gitu ya, canggih ih binggi!
    Bikinnya rame2 gitu seru ya :)

    1. October 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      iya, ternyata mangkok mirip ama lantern. hihihi. yah, murmer deh bahannya :D

  4. Kira Kara
    Bunda Wiwit October 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    selalu kagum sama hasil karya binggi dan Aina. Kreatiiip sekaliiii.. *bookmark*

    1. October 19, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      makasii mama kira kara! siapa tau kalo si kembar udah gede, mau bikin beginian :D

  5. fanny
    Fanny Hartanti October 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Thal, kalian sekeluarga kreatif abis dan telaten… TOP!!!

    1. October 21, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      hihihi, makasii fan! hobi sih… lagian ngisi waktu biar si anak ga rewel :P

  6. sLesTa
    shinta lestari October 19, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    seruuu banget bikinnya.. ternyata emang gampang bikinnya loh!

    1. October 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      yay, testimonial dari yang ikutan bikin :D

  7. Honey Josep
    Honey Josep November 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    seru banget, kreatif!

    bahannya juga mudah didapat.

    tfs Binggi :)

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