In this project Get Arty artist, Sandra, creates a floating lantern using battery operated candles, and shows how amazing patterns can be easily made using stencils.
For a PDF version of this project, click here.
What you will need
- Transparent paper / baking paper
- Reeves paint / Posca paint markers
- Celco scissors
- Candles (battery operated)
- Sticky tape
- Sticky putty
- Bamboo skewers or disposable chopsticks
- Celco ruler
- Jasart paint brush
How to do it
- Start with a sheet of paper 53.5 cm x 30 cm (you can choose a size to suit you).
- Make a 1.5 cm crease on the short side of the paper.
- Fold the sheet in half and fold both ends to the centre crease, this will give you four lines 13cm apart.
- Flip over the paper to decorate on the outside while it’s laid on a flat surface.
- Place stencil on the lower third of the panel, and paint over the top remembering to keep the stencil still.
- For square lanterns, it would be best to decorate each panel, rather than decorating it as one full paper.
- Insert skewers on the corners of the Styrofoam base, and place the candle in the centre with a bit of sticky putty underneath to secure it. Next, fold or roll your paper lantern and glue the edges together, secure with sticky tape. Place the paper over the skewers/beams. Again secure the lantern with tape.
- Now we just have to wait for the sun to go down.