So many different countries and cultures use paper lanterns for celebrations around the world. They are used in Japan to remember ancestors. In Colombia, they are used as a religious offering to the Virgin Mary every December. Also, we see them in the Chinese New Year celebrations as well. Personally, we love to share then during our New Year’s Eve parties. Regardless of what celebration you might have, they are always fun to include. How do you make paper lanterns? Well, We tell you how we made our Cool Floating Paper Lanterns DIY. Bonus? They are easy to makewith the kids too. Perfect for all types of festivities like weddings or graduations they are great backyard decor pieces!
Floating Paper Lanterns DIY
Admittedly, I love making these lanterns because they do make an impact when you see them. Additionally, the kids can help make the lanterns, and together you can send out good wishes into the night at your lake, pool, or sea! It is a great activity to do together all around. It is so relaxing to watch the paper lanterns float. Some even try and see if they can race them! Here is the simplest way I found to make floating paper lanterns:
- 1 paper bag per lantern
- glue gun
- 1 battery operated tea light per lantern
- an ornamental hole puncher
- 1 piece of driftwood.
- Use the hole puncher to decorate your paper bag
- Get your plastic lid and dab some glue gun in the center of it
- Affix the opened paper bag over the silicone on the plastic lid
- Place a lit battery operated tea light inside the bag
Now, you are done! Time to make the lanterns float!
Be Planet Friendly
Originally, we made these for our pool. In an effort to reuse and upcycle what we had at home we used the plastic coffee container lids. However, if at all possible, we encourage everyone to find a more eco-friendly base alternative for these paper lanterns. Driftwood is a great floating suggestion.
About Tangled Before Ever After DVD
So, the inspiration for our paper lanterns has us preparing to recreate the fabulous lantern festival from the Disney movie Tangled! We are celebrating the release of the Tangled Before Ever After DVD release and we invite you to do the same at home! After all those years stuck in a tower, everyone’s favorite “barefoot princess” (Mandy Moore) yearns to make up for the lost time. With the help of her true love Eugene (Zachary Levi), pals Pascal and Maximus and daring new friend Cassandra, Rapunzel postpones her wedding and royal duties to defy danger and boldly explore life beyond Corona’s walls. Sparkling with fun, adventure and music from the legendary Alan Menken, Tangled Before Ever After is a magical movie event!!
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