These are things/tools that you need:
- Multi-colour Transparent papers
- Poster colours (red, green, blue, white and black)
- Sticks (eg. wooden chopsticks)
- Using the pliers, bend the wire to the desired shape of the lantern. For example, shape of a butterfly.
- Using a pencil, wind another wire for the candle holder, and place it at an appropriate position in the shape.
- Cut the transparent paper according to the shape. Cut in parts.
- Glue the transparent paper to the wire. Don't put too much glue.
- Paint/decorate the lantern.
- Poke 2 holes on top of the lantern (one on each side) for the string to go through.
- Place the candle.
- Lastly, tie the stick to the string to hold the lantern.
Sounds easy? A lot of hard work - probably the first and the last time for me. Anyway, I managed to make a simple lantern for Jordan. I wrote his name on the lantern, and requested Yung Ling to draw a rooster's head and the Chinese character for chicken, because Jordan is born in the Year of the Rooster.
The mid-autumn festival is this Friday (6 October 2006). We plan to take Jordan for a stroll round our housing area with the lanterns. Nai Kyn has made one for Jordan too - it is in the shape of a car - blue and orange colour.