Militarism & Climate
Several of you have requested instructions for making floating lanterns for the Hiroshima commemoration. Below are some suggestions, but do feel free to innovate.
There are three complementary approaches - and plenty of hybrids -
Recycle an existing receptacle.
Fold an open-topped box
Make an origami lantern
Recycle an existing tray
Take a plastic margarine tub or some other food tray.
Glue a strip of coloured tissue, 4 - 6 inches wide, round the inside surface of the tray. If the tray has sloping sides, bunch the foot of the tissue paper at the corners of the tray.
Fix a tea-light candle to the centre of the base with glue, double-sided tape or a peelable tab.
Fold down the top edge of the tissue to stiffen it.
Tissue does not readily stay put. Don't be dismayed if you have to abandon your first attempt!
Make your own tray
Cut a sheet of A4 card or stiff paper in half, length-wise.
Cut apertures for coloured tissue paper.
Fold to make the four sides of an open-topped box.
Fix this to a cardboard base.
Attach tissue paper and fix a tea-light candle as above.
Alternatively, make a tray of folded card, and fix coloured paper to the sides of the tray.
An Origami Lantern
Start with a sheet of printed wrapping paper between about 6 inches and 10 inches square.
The instructions below for making a sampan (a traditional Japanese boat) are taken from Robin Harbin's
a video on the internet
to give you confidence. You should start with a bigger sheet than is recommended in the video, to make sure you have room for your tea-light.
Embellish your sampan with blossom, leaves or coloured tissue. Natural materials are best added at the last moment, or they will wilt.
Have fun folding!
to see how lanterns are constructed in Japan.