H&A Project: Lanterns
These flickering lanterns can make summer evening entertaining magical
Bring a bit of va-va-voom to your al fresco entertaining with a tree full of flickering lanterns. These lanterns, although not robust enough to survive a summer downpour, are great for a one-off party and might survive for a further week or two.
While they are a bit fiddly, they are also foolproof and cheap to make. Use lots of different colours and dot them liberally throughout the garden. At only a few pence each, they’re an affordable way to create a real sense of occasion.
You will need: thin white card, wire, paper doilies, ribbon, glue, paint, rubber gloves, jam jar lid, double-sided tap, paintbrush, compasses and pencil, large pin, hole punch, pliers and scissors.
1. Cut out a piece of card that measures about 40 x 19cm. Lay down on a piece of newspaper and, using long, firm brush strokes, paint the card and leave to dry.
2. Using the doilies as stencils, lightly load a brush with a little white paint and gently dab through the holes on to the card to create a lace-like pattern. Leave to dry.
3. Using the compasses, mark small semi-circles along one edge and cut out to create a scalloped edge. Using the large pin, pierce the card following the stencilled pattern.
4. Bend the card into a tube and fix with tape. On another piece of card, draw a circle the diameter of the lantern. Add small, evenly spaced tabs and cut out. Stick a jam jar lid in the centre.
5. Fix the cardboard disc inside the lantern just above the scalloping. Glue a strip of ribbon around the top edge. With the hole punch, make a hole on each side at the top of lantern.
6. Cut a length of wire, insert through the holes and, using the pliers, bend the ends to secure it in place. To finish, tie more ribbon to the handles and pop a tea light into the jam jar lid.
Photographs: Mark Bolton