I made a lantern for Sheffield’s Sharrow Lantern Carnival. It was a week or so ago and it was pretty great. I did a few shifts helping out with the workshops, which were quite quiet when I was there so I had the time to put my own together. Twas jungle themed so I done a frog. I thought it would be a pretty modest first lantern. Other people didn’t seem to think so.
To make one you bend and tape wet willow together to make a frame
which dries and sets into place, and then you put fairy lights in it, and make sure there’s a big stick sticking out of it so you can carry it.
and coat the frame with pva glue-covered strong white tissue paper
and then coloured tissue paper
and then you parade it around.
So it’s not too hard. Easy enough for anybody yet versatile enough to do crazy things. Someone made an immaculately structured toucan with an articulated beak.
So I’m thinking articulation for next year. And I’m also glad I didn’t decide to do a toucan. I might’ve done because toucans are amazing. If the theme allows next year I might do one of my other favourite animals – sea turtle.