Party Light

These lanterns are a simplified version of the collapsible Chochin lanterns, which were originally hung outside of small shops in Japan as the shop’s sign. The support structure is thin basketry reed, but I’ve had fun experimenting with wire, string, and other basketry materials. The paper technique for this project falls somewhere between collage and papier-mâché. It doesn’t take long to make one of these simple designs, but finessing the collage can turn it into a work of art. These can either hang or sit on a table. This project is for ages 10 and up. Finished size is approx. 6″ x 4″ x 4″.


This kit includes:

collage paper

basket reed 

18-gauge wire 

glass candleholder & candle


You will need:

masking tape or artist’s tape

quart-size yogurt container


white glue

small glue brush

hole punch

needle nose pliers



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