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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Hanging Bamboo Lantern

This is a perfect do-ahead-of-time hanging design for a summer wedding. Craft one or three or a whole lot of the lanterns and add some orchids at the last moment to finish the design.

Cut the bamboo to size

Measure out the size you want your lanterns to be. Cut the bamboo to size. You need 4 lengths of bamboo, the height of your lantern and 8 for the width for each lantern. Then you will need additional bamboo pieces to create the base, top, and the side panels.

Start by building the side panels of the lantern.

Start by building the side panels of the lantern. Each panel consist of two height length bamboo, and two width length of bamboo. Connect 4 bamboo lengths with wire. You need two panels per lantern.

I made a small, medium and a larger lantern.

I made a small, medium and a larger lantern.

To connect the panels to form a cube add the remaining width lengths.

To connect the panels to form a cube add the remaining width lengths. Four per lantern to stand up like table legs.

Finish off the cube by fitting the remaining panel onto these “legs” and wiring it securely to the first panel.

Finish off the cube by fitting the remaining panel onto these “legs” and wiring it securely to the first panel.

Glue or wire bamboo lengths to create the base for the lantern

Glue or wire bamboo lengths to create the base for the lantern

Cross two bamboo lengths to create the top.  This is the place you hang the lantern from.

Cross two bamboo lengths to create the top. This is the place you hang the lantern from.

Add side panels if you want.

Add side panels if you want.

 Add one more bamboo length to the bottom to give it strength

Add one more bamboo length to the bottom to give it strength

Place the tea lights in the lanterns and hang

Place the tea lights in the lanterns and hang

The lanterns are now ready to decorate with succulents and flowers of your choice.

The lanterns are now ready to decorate with succulents and flowers of your choice.

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Tutorials

17 February 2011 Hanging Jars

Add a handle to jars to hang in a design

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

5 June 2012 Making the Bug Box

The tiny bug box is perfect to carry wedding rings in by a dapper Ring Bearer

4 December 2012 Twig Lanterns

Wire short twigs around wire rings to create rustic flameless tea-light lanterns

17 April 2013 Skeleton Leaf Flameless Candle Cocoon

Cover a balloon with skeleton leaves to create a cocoon

28 May 2014 Bamboo panel

Create a panel for the flowers to hang on

28 May 2014 Bamboo scaffold armature

Latch a few bamboo pieces together to create a scaffold for the flowers to hang from

Related Designs

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My article and Bamboo Lantern design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

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4 April 2011 "A New Age" Child's Midnight Meander (Avatar)

A New Age Child's Midnight Meander

17 February 2011 Hanging Garden

Hanging garden Design using Rainbow Oasis Powder

27 November 2012 The glories of Christmases long, long ago…

Weave a wire and twig Christmas chandelier

4 December 2012 'Tis the Season

My article looking at contrasts and 6 winter lantern designs featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine

17 April 2013 Hide-and-go-peek

Create a soft light by making a leaf cocoon for a flameless candle

28 May 2014 Be Silent And Listen

Lash a few bamboo pieces together to create a scaffold armature