I am pulling my hair to get the kind of lighting that I want. Initially I want to have lanterns hanging from tree to tree, it looks wonderful. However, the effort of getting it done might not be worth the effect. I still don’t get why nobody in Singapore does this, while in Jakarta or Bali it is such common items! It costs quite a bomb just for the labour of hanging the lanterns and the wires. I have to source everything myself too. I found a good lantern and LED at a bargain price in Jakarta, but the manpower fee is rather a blow.
I have to say, I am getting frustrated with the local vendors here. When they say can’t, it means nothing can be done. Period. It is quite a bureaucratic place. No back door or no sidetrack for certain thing.. or at least no one tries to make it happen.
Anyway, I am determined to get my lantern done, whether I can get it hanged or just place it on the table. IKEA lanterns are nice and cheap ($10) but I want to hang on the trees.. so a bit dangerous with the tea light candle. Don’t want to burn the tree down.
So I found a DIY tips on making your own lantern here.
Supplies for this lantern:
a. Battery operated tea light, do not use conventional tea lights (app. $1 each)
b. 2 brads ($3.00 for 100)
c. Ribbon, several inches in length
d. Strip of vellum 2.5″ by 5.25″; trim one of the long sides with decorative scissors if desired ($10.00 for 50 sheets – each sheet will easily make 5 lanterns)
e. Double stick tape
Supplies for optional embellishments:
f. Needle and thread
g. Paper flowers
i. Printed letter
1. Wrap strip of vellum around battery operated tea light, adhering with double stick tape.
2. Using brads attach length of ribbon to “lantern” to form a handle from which to hang.
Pinhole Monogram: Before assembling lantern, use a pin and a printed letter as a guide to punch a monogram in the vellum strip.
Flowered handle: After the lantern is assembled use a needle and thread to tack paper flowers to ribbon handle.
I think I will include this project on Craft Day!