(Closed) Paper lantern centerpiece question

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The frame is completely enclosed within the paper. There is a metal ring on the top and bottom so it will sit flat.

The tipping lantern on the second pic is intentional.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

No idea…my chinese lanterns do have metal sticking out of the top and bottom so I am curious to see how they got them to sit flat myself.

Post # 5
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Wannabee

Only some lanterns are fully enclosed. Those obviously have the openings because they have flowers sticking out of them!

You’ve got me though… ideas anyone?

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I said the frame was enclosed, not the lantern was closed in.

Here is an example of a lantern with the frame entirely enclosed with in the paper. It easily sits flat on a table. A vase or tumbler is inserted to hold water and flowers.

Post # 7
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Wannabee

Sorry I thought you meant one of these:

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

how do you get it to light up??

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

These are gorgeous.  Never seen that

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m doing this for my wedding and thought I would jump in here and let people know how I got them to stand up – it is true that the little metal expander inside of the lantern sticks out of the bottom just a bit causing the lanterns to flop to the side if left unaltered.

My fiance went to the local hardware store and bought these little wooden balls (we got 100 which was enough for 3 balls per lantern and it came up to about $2 – so cheap!). I think the balls are typically used for woodworking projects – he couldn’t find them at Home Depot so he ended up getting them at the Co-op.

I expanded all of the lanterns and then hot-glued the wooden balls to the bottom of the lanterns in a triangle pattern. The balls are small enough that when they are sitting on a table, you cannot really notice them. Plus they are a similar tone to the ivory lanterns so they blend in. We had 30 lanterns and it took me about 30 minutes to hot glue all of the balls to the bases – super easy, super quick, and a super cheap fix!

Here are a couple pictures, one is the lanterns strung together in my spare bedroom, awaiting the big day. You can see the little balls on the bottom of the lanterns. 

The second shows how they sit tilted if you don’t make some kind of base for them.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Also, for the question as to how to light them up – we are making “throwies” out of LED lights and battteries. I bought something like 100 batteries and 200 LED diffused 10mm white lights off Ebay for about $20. When I made the throwies, I replaced the magnet in the instructions with a bit of fishing line that we will then tie to the metal insert inside the paper lantern so that it is distended halfway through the lantern to light it up. I wanted a soft light so I am using 1 led inside the 10″ paper lantern. For the lanterns that will be hanging from the ceiling (going from 12″-24″) I will be placing 2-4 lights in each.

Here is a link on how to make the throwies:

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-LED-Throwies

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@DeedeeMarie:  are you hot gluing real flowers to the top??

Post # 14
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Newbee

@DeedeeMarie:  Thank you so much for sharing what you did to make the lanterns stand.  It makes total sense.  I’ve been experimenting with various lanterns with no luck.  I love this simple idea.  I’ve never heard of LED Throwies before.  I like them as well. (I went to the U of S but live in California now. Great to see a Saskatoonian commenting on here.)

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

could you make a stand out of wire for them a circle with legs?

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@theparsley:  Did you ever get the lantern to sit up?

@DeedeeMarie:  how did you get it to sit upright after gluing the balls to the bottom>?  Won’t the top just fold back down?

Post # 17
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@hillsab03 I straightened the bottom wire so it wont stick out when you are putting them inside and it did the trick ! i did so many researches and found nothing until i tried myself hope this helped

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