Just been to lantern making workshop Eden put it on in support of communities so we can take the skills learnt back to our own communities. And teach others. Thought I would type up my notes here.
Willow withies (Musgrave a good source for these)
Masking tape, lots tear 2-3 inch strips in advance much easier.
Wire medium gauge garden wire
Jar tops for candle holder
Tea lights or candles, going to try glo sticks or led tea lights for tineys
Bambo poles for holding lantern up
Big old scissors
Greese proof paper
PGA glue water
Considerations with design
Allow at least1 foot between candle top and top of lantern.
Also take into consideration the size of the person carrying the lantern.
Need a chimney and
a door,(unless using glo sticks suspended from top.)door will need to be snug to prevent candle blowing out.
Willow needs to be thick enough not to bend when the glue soaked paper dries. If not thick enough can be doubled up.
First make a square base
Take a length of willow to be twice the length of your base if doubled tape ends together.
In middle of length place both thumbs behind and gently snap to make a right angle, tape in place tightly at once.
Repeat with another length.
Next tape these right angled pieces together to make a square.
2. Make a cross piece for the centre of the square to hold the candle holde
You will need two lengths of willow which reach from one corner to the opposite corner diagonally. Tape these to the corners of the square and again in the middle to hold it as square as possible.
3. Attatch the small jar lid to the centre of this cross piece using making. Tape, good idea to wrap end of tape round willow then onto jar lid. This needs to be firm.
4. Make candle holder. depending on size of candle take about a foot and a half of wire, place the candle in the middle