Step 1: Materials and Set up
In the picture shown is a variety of materials that you will need to help complete your lantern.
1) regular white glue
2) balloon (blown up)
3) glue gun
4) tea light
5) aluminum tart tin
6) thick string/hemp/cord
7) Tye wire
8) paint brush (to put the glue on)
10) tissue paper (you pick the colours!)
11) a strip of card board 12"x 5" connected together (opt.)
This can be a slightly messy process so make sure that you are wearing clothing that you don't mind getting glue on and cover the table with plastic and/or newspaper.
Step 2: Mixing the glue
For better distribution of the glue and application it is best to add a bit of water to the white glue. Usually the ratio is 4:1 (4 parts glue, 1 part water).
Step 3: Blowing up the balloon
Take the balloon and blow it up. Then if you like you can place it in the cardboard stand (the strip of cardboard that is optional to tape together). This lifts the balloon off the table and makes it where you don't have to hold it while painting the glue on the balloon.
Step 4: Papering Balloon
Once you have covered the balloon in a medium-light layer of glue (you don't need tons on it). You can start taking whatever colour or pattern of tissue paper and start papering the balloon. You need to have 3 layers of tissue paper on the balloon.
Step 5: Adding the string
Once you have papered three layers onto the balloon then you then take the cord/string/hemp (which ever one you have) and wrap it around once the top area of the balloon. Then you paper overtop of the string, ensuring that is properly glued down to the balloon and secure.