Do It Yourself :: Fire Lantern


I received SOOO many emails on the Fire Laterns post I thought we needed a DIY project for them!

Things You’ll Need:

  • 1 package pf tissue paper, any color Paper fireproofing product, Clothesline Clothespins Glue Craft paper Bamboo, 1 inch in diameter, approximately 4 feet long Knife Sandpaper Wood glue Copper wire Staples 1 square of thin cardboard, 2 inches on each side Jumbo cotton ball Rubbing alcohol Aluminum foil Tape
  1. Step 1

    Pin four sheets of tissue paper to the clothesline and spray with fireproofing product, avoiding the corners where the pins are. Allow paper to dry.

  2. Step 2

    Glue each sheet of treated tissue paper to an untreated sheet, joining them lengthwise with a thin layer of adhesive.

  3. Step 3

    On craft paper, draw a pattern that resembles half of a mitten. Your completed lantern will resemble a hot-air balloon when the four pieces are joined. Make four half-mitten pieces from the craft paper and tape them together, with the flat portion open on the bottom, creating a mock-up of your lantern and adjusting where necessary. When you are satisfied with the design, remove the tape.

  4. Step 4

    Using the craft pattern as a guide, cut the tissue paper, making four slightly curved pieces with one straight edge. Glue the lantern pieces together, leaving the straight edge open, creating the bottom of the lantern.

  5. Step 5

    Make a bamboo hoop. Split the bamboo into thin strips, carefully moving a knife slowly down the length of the pole. Test the strips for pliability by bending them slightly between your hands. Once you find a pliable piece, sand it until it is smooth. Form a hoop with the bamboo strip and secure the ends with glue.

  6. Step 6

    Install a wire X onto the frame; secure in place with staples. Cover the cardboard square with foil and secure it to the center of the X with tape, staples or glue.

  7. Step 7

    Make a foil cup, large enough to hold the cotton ball. Tape this to the center of the pad.

  8. Step 8

    Attach the tissue paper to the hoop at the open bottom with tape, staples or glue — remember, it works like a hot-air balloon, so the foil cup should be facing the inside.

  9. Step 9

    Take your lantern outside. Soak the cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and place the saturated cotton in the foil cup. Light the cotton on fire and hold the lantern, allowing it to fill with warm air. When the sides are hot and you can feel the lantern pulling away, release it.

IF you are not the crafty kind of person (like me) you can buy them here:

Your wedding logo on them: Wedding Arcade
or inside the US:  Wish Laterns



3 thoughts on “Do It Yourself :: Fire Lantern
Alex Maldonado

hey one side note to all you brides who are interested. these can be slightly dangerous. even the store bought ones.

hint: there is fire involved. 🙂

if you are going to build them yourself, be extra careful and try not completely toast your wedding dress.

they do make for some amazingly fun photos and as a photographer i had tons of fun shooting them. 🙂

pappy planning.



I LOVE these! Used some on NYE and they’re so beautiful.

Dream Wedding Italy

I seen these in a wedding planner tv show here in Italy for a wedding organised in Villa Cimbrone, Ravello. How wonderful is this idea!

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