Lantern Parade Resources

Invent! We all love seeing new lantern forms. There are all kinds of ways to make volumes of light. Take a look at some ideas below. There's free downloadable lantern prints and 2020 Big Phoenix ATL Love t-shirts at the Shop + Free Stuff.
There are no workshops this year, but globe lantern kits, illuminated parasol kits, Big Phoenix ATL Love yard signs, and angel lantern kits are for sale now for the Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade-in-Place at Hop City Craft Beer & Wine at both Krog Street Market and at Lee + White. Post a photo of your lantern with #beltlineparadeinplace with your residential block and we will add you to the 2020 BeltLine Parade-in-Place LANTERN MAP!
2020 has been such a tough year. Consider gifting a little love light to someone who could use some cheer.

Our traditional parade lanterns are made of paper and battery operated. It is a nice intentionality to set out a lantern and light it at sunset and to turn it off before bed. Most batteries would last a week that way. 


Luminary bags make great easy little lanterns. A drawing inside with a window cut is sweet. The phoenix print is free here. The bags and battery tea lights are inexpensive often at the grocery store. It is a super easy lantern to gift.

The Lismore Lantern Parade, Lismore, Austrailia.

These little accordion lanterns are a lot of fun! I did these designs that you can download for free, or draw your own. The crayon makes them a little more sturdy on printer paper. They go together with scotch tape. These are set on over jars and glasses with battery tea lights. Use a bit of clear tape to get them to sit where you like on the glass. Printing them on card stock with crayon on both sides makes them much more durable. Add a custom frame made of skewers and hot glue and they can last outside for a week or two! See photo below.

For 2020 parading-in-place, there is the advantage of electricity and the lanterns being stationary. Consider retrofitting your holiday lights with lanterns. I added a little frame made of skewers and hot glue to these card stock accordion lanterns and they have lasted on my porch for two weeks now.

These little "lantern string lights" are fun! There are many vendors online ranging from $9 to $20, in paper and nylon. Decorate them with construction paper and glue! Hot glue for nylon.

Maybe you have string lights hanging up already. If the bulbs are not too hot to touch, they should be fine for lanterns. You could have KISS on your porch! Consider the space between the bulbs when you decide what sizes to order. Use wire, twine, or twist ties to attach the lanterns to the wire. There are paper and nylon from many vendors in lots of colors and shapes. They also come in gigantic. You could drop several lights in one big one. A disco ball in a big one is really great. Search "paper lanterns" and you will find them.

Cardboard boxes can be wonderful lanterns! Here are some examples and a video tutorial for illuminated dioramas and box lanterns. They are with a variety of light sources. "3 LED puck lights" are good, like the kind made for under cabinets. There are all kinds on line and often at a hardware store.

Plastic bottles can make lovely lanterns tricked out with tissue paper or paint.  Check out photos of the Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade and this step-by-step tutorial by Handmade Charlotte. You can do cool things with jars, too.

Check out these beautiful lantern parades in England, Australia, and Korea. I hope we get back to parading together soon!

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