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Paper Lanterns

Make beautiful lanterns to brighten up festive occassions

Paper lanterns come in various shapes and sizes, as well as various methods of construction. The easiest form, is simply a paper bag with a candle placed inside, although more complicated lanterns consist of a collapsible bamboo or metal frame of hoops, covered with tough paper.

Often associated with parties, paper lanterns are common in China and Japan, and similarly, in Chinatowns, where they are often hung outside of businesses to attract attention. In Japan they are called 'chōchin' and there is a special style of lettering called chōchin moji used to write on them.

Placing candles or tea lights in a succession of small white paper bags is a common tradition in Hispanic communities during Christmas.

Red paper lanterns were once associated with brothels, and this is reflected in the term red light district.

Making a paper lantern is also fairly easy, you could cut beautiful patterns into the paper to make holes for the light to come through, and fix the paper on a hollow stand so that it does not touch the bulb/candle that you plan to enclose. You could hang up to make hanging lanterns or even sit them down in a nice arrangement.

Source: Wikipedia

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