One of the highlights for me was being there for the annual lantern walk. We spent a week making lanterns and a special hour carrying our lanterns through the dark night. What a joy to be with our friends singing and enjoying the light.
Our Lantern Recipe:
medium to large paint brush
tissue paper (I prefer white or warm colors. The cool colors can get too dark and thick and the light doesn't shine through as well)
Elmers glue or homemade paste (see recipe below)
collected plant matter (leaves etc)
bees wax tea light
lighter or long matches
clothes pin and string for hanging to dry
Blow up a balloon and mix glue with a little water or use homemade paste. Rip the tissue into strips. Paint the balloon and lay strips making sure to overlap. Its pretty much just like making a paper mache' project if you've ever done that. Make sure to do a layer or two and then hang it to let it dry for a day or so. Repeat a couple times adding leaves or plant matter under the last layer if you feel so inclined. Three or four layers should be enough. Anymore than that might make it too thick and your light won't be very bright. After the last drying punch holes an inch or two down from the top. Depending on how thin your lantern is you may need to reinforce the holes on the inside with tape. Attach wire and stick. Put a candle in your lantern and ta-da! You have a beautiful lantern.
Paper mache' recipe
1/2 C all purpose flour
2 C cold water
2 C Boiling water
3 TBS sugar
Mix flour and cold water. Add to two cups boiling water and bring to boil again. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar. It will thicken as it cools. Should last a week or two if refrigerated.