Step 1: Getting Started
1) Flat bamboo
2) Round bamboo (this can be found at a gardening store)
3) White craft glue
4) cup/container for the glue
5) garden shears (cutting the bamboo)
6) glue gun
7) glue sticks
8) tissue paper (any colour/pattern you want! Be creative!)
9) Regular scissors
10) Exato knife/blade
11) small tart tin (about the size of a tea light)
12) tea light (can be found at IKEA in packages of 100)
13) Brush for applying the glue
17) A fun friend to make it with
**Note: the happy person in the background. Lanterns have that affect on people**
Step 2: Cutting Your Bamboo
I made each piece 25.5 inches long. But it is up to you how big or small you want your star to be. Play around.
Take the garden shears, flat bamboo and cut 10 pieces of the same length.
Step 3: Arranging the Pieces Into a Star
TIP: Try to make it so the pieces of bamboo are alternating over/under. This will make the structure stronger if the strips are creating a kind of in and out weave. Hope the images make it clear.
Step 4: Hot Gluing
TIP: don't worry about the over/under method in this step.
Step 5: Creating the Other Side
Glue the corners of the star that was just made together. But do not glue both stars together yet.
You glued the corners only at the point to allow the star to have some flexibility, this will help you make any adjustments that you this your star shape needs.
After being satisfied with both of the two stars you glue other intersecting points (hexagon in the middle) together with the glue gun (see images).
TIP: wait a few min to let the hot glue set up.
Step 6: Gluing Both Stars Together
TIP: Wait a few min to let the hot glue set up.
Step 7: Tying Together the Corners With Wire
Step 8: Going 3D
First, take the round bamboo and cut a length that would determine the depth of the lantern. In this example I chose to do 4 inches. I would recommend a size that is anywhere between 4 to 5.5 inches. You need 5 of these pieces.
Next, you stretch the star shapes into creating room for the peg. Test the stretchiness of the structure. You will see that it can take a lot more that you think. The pegs are going on the corners of the hexagon.
Put a dab of hot glue on the bottom of the area where you are to put the peg. And then a dab on the top of the peg. Place the peg in and hold it steady for a few seconds to make sure that it is stable.
TIP: I recommend that once you glue one peg in you do the OPPOSITE side/across from it to help create more immediate support.
Step 9: Creating the Platform for the Tea Light
Now you must create a platform for where the tea light will rest.
Take a scrap piece of the flat bamboo and measure it up against the inside of the star in between the back and the front. Then cut off the appropriate amount. From the center peg to where you want to place your platform is roughly 1 inch.
When you are done creating the platform you hot glue the tea light into the tart tin and then hot glue the bottom/sides of the tart tin to the bamboo platform.
TIP: Try your best to make it so the tea light lays flat as possible.
Step 10: Putting on a Hook/handle
Now if you like you can add a handle/hook to the top of the lantern structure.
You take the wire from the middle and wrap it around the top corner with leaving an excess amount of wire on both ends. Next you take both ends of the wire and then twist them together. You are welcome to do other methods as well make it whatever length you find useful. The loop that I created in this example has roughly the radius of 3/4 inch.
Step 11: Papering the Lantern: Front and Back
1) The area that you wish to cover with glue (you don't need a lot )
TIP: try to make sure that the tissue paper is taught- this will make it look nicer/give it more strength.
2) Cut off the excess with scissors or exacto knife (whatever you prefer)
3) When you are done covering one complete side of the star, take your brush and go over it with a light layer of glue. At first this will make it more vulnerable to tearing however when it drys it will be much stronger.
Step 12: Papering the Lantern: Sides and Creating Vents
Step 13: Further Decorating and Material Exploration
I have included the finished picture of what the lantern that my co worker/friend made. It is decorated with sparkles and brightly coloured tissue paper cut into squares.
As well I have included an image of another lantern frame that is made out of the same flat bamboo to give an idea of other frame possibilities!