How to Make String Lanterns


While some people will swear that the furniture you have and the color scheme you've chosen will most strongly influence the atmosphere of a room, the lighting can have an equally powerful effect. The right lighting can make a room seem warm and welcoming or exciting and festive, depending on your choices. When it comes to festive lighting, string lanterns are a wise choice. Not only are they available in a range of colors, but you can make as many as you need in just a few hours.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 cups water
  • Pot
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Large bowl
  • Spoon
  • Scissors
  • String or embroidery thread, any color you like
  • Balloons
  • Utility knife
  • Acrylic spray paint or clear coating
  • White candlebra light cord for string lanterns, 10 feet long
  • Pour 2 cups of water into a pot and bring to a boil. While the water is boiling, pour 2 cups of water into a bowl and add 1/2 cup of flour. Mix them well.

  • Pour your water and flour mixture in with your boiling water very carefully. Bring the two mixed substances to a boil and then allow it to cool. Blow up your balloons until they're approximately 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

  • Cut numerous 24-inch pieces of string or embroidery thread. Dip each piece in the mixture, wipe of the excess mixture with your fingers and wrap each balloon in many pieces of string until you cover them well. However, you don't want to cover the balloon completely as you still want the light to be able to shine through. Shoot for covering 60 to 70 percent of the balloon.

  • Tie a dry piece of string to each balloon's knot and hang them upside down to dry for 24 hours. Line the floor with newspaper to catch the drips.

  • Poke each balloon with a utility knife so that they each pop, once they're dry. Spray the string lanterns once dry with a clear acrylic coating, or acrylic glitter spray or acrylic spray paint. Allow them a full 24 hours to dry.

  • Turn your string lantern to find an opening that will allow you to fit the plug from your light bulb candelabra light cord. Run the plug part of the lamp through the opening you've chosen and in a straight line, up and out through a similar-sized opening directly opposite it on the other end of the string lantern.

  • Pull the cord continuously in this manner until it's time to push your light bulb through. You may need to adjust your first opening ever so slightly to squeeze your light bulb through. Once you've pulled your light bulb through the opening, the plastic part of the base that the light bulb screws into will rest against the top part of the string lantern when suspended from its cord.

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