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How to Make Your Own Lantern

We are fast approaching the shortest day of they year. The days are getting shorter and colder and it's nice to stay inside in the evenings and enjoy a cup of hot tea. It's also very enjoyable to light a few candles and enjoy their warm shine.

Another option to light your home with a subtle light are little wax paper lanterns. You can also buy one made from glass and metal or - and that is the better option in my opinion - make some simple ones yourself.  

The main thing with lanterns is that they need to be made from heat-resistant material. For most of us averagely talented crafters it would be quite challenging to create a lantern from glass and metal so we must resort to more easily manageable materials. 
One material that most of us feel comfortable working with is paper but obviously it is quite the opposite of heat-resistant or fire-proof. Therefore, it is not simple paper but wax paper or baking paper that should be used to make lanterns. Nevertheless, any kind of lantern that works with candles should always be lit under supervision and used with care!

Wax Paper Lantern
There is a simple way to fold small wax paper lanterns that is similar to the way you can fold gift bags. Once you have folded and glued the lantern you simply place a tea light inside and - voila - your lantern is finished!

Here is a simple step-by-step guide to folding the wax paper for your lantern:
How to fold the wax paper
0. Start with a rectangle of wax paper
1. Fold it from both ends towards the middle so the ends overlap slightly
2. Glue the overlapping ends together
3. Fold the lower end approx. 5cm and open again
4. Fold the lower corners up to this line and open again
5. Pull the corners inside
6. Now you have a bag with two flaps
7. Fold the upper flap
8. Fold the lower flap over the upper flap
9. Put glue on the marked part
10. Glue the two overlapping flaps together



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