Each summer, we host lantern making workshops for the public in the Victoria Park Pool House!
During these workshops, we will teach you how to make your very own lantern to carry during the lantern parade on the night of the Lantern Festival.
Everything you need to know:
The workshops take place twice per week, beginning in early to mid-June and continuing until the Thursday before the festival. They are always in the evening for 2 to 2.5 hours.
Location: Victoria Park Pool House. The side of the Pool House facing the park (more specifically, a field) is covered in bright graffiti art. The door will likely be tied open; if it’s closed, we’re still inside, so just open the door with AED painted on it. Sometimes we keep the door closed because it is cold during the earlier workshops.
Cost: Free. Donations are gratefully accepted. We provide all supplies and all instruction.
There is a project for everyone! Glass jar lanterns can be finished in one session; for this reason, they are perfectly suited for little ones and for those who are only available for one evening to make a lantern. Balloon and bamboo lanterns take at least 3 sessions to complete; for this reason, they are best suited for older lantern makers. Please feel free to speak with any of the staff at the workshop to discuss the perfect project for you!
The glass jar lantern is not only simple to make, it is exquisite to look at when lit.
The glass jar is a great choice if you are short on time but not on creativity. These lanterns are also quite easy to make at home. A small glass jar lantern is often a good choice for younger children that do not have the attention span to complete a balloon or bamboo lantern. However, please keep in mind that although the lantern is easy to make, it is breakable and requires attention to carry. Parental discretion and supervision are always advised with glass and fire.
Hundreds of people construct bamboo and tissue paper lanterns each year. Boxes are our basic learning lanterns. More advanced learning lanterns are the ever-popular stars, which build three-dimensional skills that benefit from the tensile strength of the bamboo and the papering prowess of the creator.
Hooked on these foundational lanterns, volunteers and workshop participants begin to develop a creative eye for new structures, specialized adaptations and better effects each year. New lantern builders absorb the know-how of past lantern-builders and design innovations become design traditions.
A simple bamboo lantern (box or star) usually takes at least 3 evenings to make. More elaborate bamboo lanterns take more time, so plan your designs based on the time you can commit. Try to be as creative as possible within a realistic time commitment.
Building a bamboo lantern requires the use of a hot glue gun and bending wires that can poke. The hot glue is very hot, so parental supervision is required for children.
REPAIR A BAMBOO LANTERN
A good way to learn the does and don’ts of solid bamboo lantern making is to take on a repair project. We have many abandoned lanterns that we re-make, patch up, re-paper, re-glue and sometimes sell in our merchandise tent to raise money for the festival. We also have large installation lanterns that always need a good clean-up and a few patches. Repairing a lantern lets you see how a lantern is put together and helps build your skills so you can embark on your own creation. Doing lantern repairs is a great help to the festival, too!