I cant wait till the long summer nights when you sit out in the Garden and as you look up there are lots of beautiful lanterns above
Things you will need:
White craft glue
Tissue paper of different colors
Tin plates or similar
Candles(tea lights work best)
First, blow up a balloon, and knot it. Then take pieces (randomly torn) of brightly colored tissue paper, and dredge each one (completely soaking it) in a watery-glue mixture. Just mix a little glue with a lot of water until it looks like very much like milk. We used tin pie plates to hold the mixture so that they can be discarded afterwards. Now stick the soaking wet tissue paper pieces all over the balloon until it is covered. Don't be afraid to layer them on! You don't want any holes (even pin-hole size) showing. You really need to cover the balloon thoroughly.Quiet a few layers.
Also recommend that you layer the bottom fairly thickly, so as to make a nice, solid (not thin, flimsy) base where you are going to sit your candle.
When you are done layering the entire balloon, set it aside until it is completely dry to the touch. Then just prick the balloon with a needle. It will deflate, leaving the piece of balloon inside the now dry shell of your paper lantern. Take out the balloon piece and throw it away. You will now need to trim around the top of the lantern with a scissors to give it a wide open top. Here is what the inside of the lantern will look like.
After you have trimmed the top of your lantern, you can punch some holes in each side to attach a string. Just be sure to make the string fairly long. If you make it too short, the heat of the candle may be too hot near your hands. A long string also makes it possible to tie the lantern onto a stick, too,. For the candle part, just put some sand in the bottom of the lantern and stick a tea light in it. Then hang in your garden or walk ways and sit and admire your beautiful work.