The lantern towers were about 1500 feet high and were richly decorated with gold, silver, jade, and precious gemstones. His subjects also wanted to decorate their homes with lanterns, but could not afford to decorate them with jewels. So, they made lanterns with transparent paper or thin silk. As time passed by, these lanterns were made with rice paper.
Today, the lanterns which are used for the Mid-Autumn festival are made in innumerable shapes and sizes. The designs range from paper planes with glittery wings to crepe paper rabbits to cellophane birds. People of all ages light the lanterns, hold them in their hands, and parade them around the city.
Making a Lantern
1. Take a rectangular sheet of rice paper. Cut out a small strip, along its length. This strip can be used to make a handle for the lantern.
2. Now fold the paper in the middle, along its length.
3. Using a scissor, make vertical cuts along the fold. However, do not cut till the end of the paper; you should leave at least 2 inches of the paper free at both ends. Make sure the cuts you make are equidistant.
4. Unfold the sheet and bring the two edges which are along the breath of the sheet, closer. Stick these edges using glue or join them together by stapling.
5. Take the strip of the paper you had cut in the beginning, and glue it to the opposite edges of the lantern.
6. To further decorate your lantern, hang some satin ribbons at the bottom of the lamp.
If you wish to experiment with different shapes and designs, put these ideas to test.
Similarly, using 5 dowels, you can create a polygon shaped lantern. These lamps, can also be used as floor lamps.
You can buy white rice paper and paint different designs like dragons or an intricate design of a plant like ivy. If you are not good at painting, you can just stencil art on the paper, and make it look interesting.
This was the procedure on making lanterns of different shapes, sizes, and designs along with ideas to make different types of lanterns.