Swanky DIY lanterns with NorthVanRC

Last week I partnered with North Vancouver Recreation and Culture for a craft date as part of their Volunteer Appreciation event. The theme for the event was Hawaiian and they wanted volunteers to make their own lanterns.

We decided on a simple DIY using popsicle sticks, wax paper and crayon shavings. This is a fun and easy project that looks pretty darn awesome. First step was buying my first pack of crayons in decades!

I used a pencil sharpener to create shavings that I placed on the wax paper.

Once I had enough crayon shavings I then folded the wax paper over the shavings. I was ready to iron the wax paper!

I placed the wax paper between 2 sheets of Kraft paper then ironed the paper on a low heat. Depending on how big the crayon shavings are you may need to iron over the wax paper a few times.

Once the wax paper was prepped I then created the 4 sides of the lantern using 4 popsicle sticks each. You can use Mod Podge but I used my glue gun to adhere the popsicle sticks together.

Then I Mod Podged the popsicle sticks and pressed the wax paper against the glued sticks and allowed the glue to dry.

Once the glue was dry I then trimmed the wax paper.

Meanwhile I ended up making another sample using tissue paper and patterned origami paper. This is such a simple project that looks FAB!

Next was gluing the 4 sides together. I ended up trimming a bamboo skewer to help strengthen the corners of the lantern. I glued the trimmed skewer to one side then glued the other side.

I thought using the skewer would help reenforce the corners of the lantern.

Here are my sample lanterns...

Now I was ready to add some light. I bought a pack of LED lights and tested my DIY lanterns.

The wax paper and crayon looks so stunning!

I might do this DIY again... It just looks pretty darn funky!

I added a butterfly to this lantern. The origami and tissue paper are an elegant option for the lanterns.

And here are a couple of the volunteers making lanterns. Got to say the lanterns were a hit!

Thanks to NVRC for another fun event! Stay tuned for updates... Looks like I'll be teaching classes through NVRC this fall. Yahoo!

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