(Closed) need ideas!! I love lanterns but not allowed to hang anything from ceiling

posted 10 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

what about 6-8 pillars that are across the room from eachother and you can string fishing wire/light cords across the room to hang the lanterns from?  That way they can span the whole room not just one tiny area?

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I face the same restrictions!! I saw in a magazine somebody has the paper lanterns on the table – looks like table lamps. It looks very cute.  There are various shapes of paper lanterns — the rectangular or cylindrical ones can be very modern looking. I may go w/ that idea. 

Or there are those perfectly round big balloons (not the regular ugly birthday balloons).  I would consider those as well.  You can have them "float" at the needed height.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Or if you wanted to do a couple of tree centerpieces at locations around the room, I can see the lanterns looking very pretty hanging from those. I agree that spacing them around the room will look cooler overall than bunching them together in just one location.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

We are using galvanized buckets filled with gravel.  Then we are inserting 3 really long thin bamboo poles and hanging the lanterns from the poles.  These will go around the perimeter of the room.  We are kicking around using pipe (pipe & drape) in the corners of the room and stringing them across.  But I think that will be too much for the room.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I was also thinking about doing the galvanized pails/bamboo rods to string paper lanterns across the dance floor…but was concerned that the weight of the lanterns might be too much for the bamboo sticks. Has anyone done this successfully, or any other thoughts or ideas?

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Shimmer – it took a little trial and error, but we used tall narrow buckets from ikea.  They were heavy enough when filled that they didn’t tip.  We went with narrow to keep the poles more upright.  The weight of the lanterns depends on what you use to light it, but they are still very light.  Bamboo is flexible but strong.  We did a test run with rods from Cost Plus World Market. But we aren’t stringing across a room using bamboo. 

You could use long closet dowels from Home Depot in an umbrella stand.  That might work.  I have built So many trials IN the store before I purchased my supplies.  Never hurts to try

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I love this centerpiece idea!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

We are hanging one or two from each rod.  We have 7, 9, 10 foot rods.  I screwed eye hooks into the end of each rod to hang the lanterns.  You have to think about logistics.  We are renting a small Uhaul the day of the wedding to get all of our stuff to the wedding.  I’m DIY’ing a lot of big projects.

We bought the bulk of the rods from a local wholesaler.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

You can also find the rods at local landscape/plant stores (not florists but for outdoor plants).  They come in a variety of lengths and widths.  Tie some fishing line between the tops (a little slit across the top will wedge the line in) and then hang your lanterns from the line criss crossing the room.

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

We did lanterns strung on bamboo poles outdoors, but MissRO’s idea should work just great indoors.  My daddy built our pole set up for me. I think they’re different from MissRO’s in that each "set" was three poles — two uprights and a cross beam. The lanterns were hung off the cross beam.

Also, I was just reading Real Simple magazine,and they mentioned hanging stuff off the ceiling using 3M removable hooks.  (Yeah, the PostIt people.)  I guess they make super strong, yet removable, hooks. Not sure if your "no stuff on the ceiling" would extend to these, since they *are* supposed to come off with no trace.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I would love to see pictures of your tests! anyone want to share?

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’m out of town, but will post my pictures when I get back

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