The shortest day of the year occurs this Saturday and making lanterns is a fun way to celebrate the transition into the dark of winter. You will need: a balloon, white or colored tissue paper, nature objects like bark or pine needles or seeds, white glue, scissors and bendable wire. Pour glue into a container and add water to get a consistency that is a little thicker than milk. Inflate the balloon and find a vessel to put the tied end into, this will keep it stable while you work. Take your tissue paper and tear it into strips. Dip the strips one at a time into the glue mixture and completely cover the round end of the balloon.
Next place your objects on the layer of tissue paper you just finished, you will be able to see them after you light the candle so think about what you want the lantern to look like. Then cover with another layer of tissue paper strips dipped in the glue. This extra layer will seal the objects into the lantern. Leave the lantern somewhere to dry until it is firm and sturdy. Once the lantern is dry, pop the balloon. Cut a piece of wire and insert an end into each side of the lantern to create a handle. Now all that’s left is to add a votive candle, light it and take a walk around your neighborhood enjoying the season and its many delights. Happy Solstice!
Michelle, Deli Manager