How to Make a Colorful Candle Lantern | Martinmas Lantern Walk

How to Make a Colorful Candle Lantern | Martinmas Lantern Walk

Hi friends, welcome to another “Sunday
with Sarah.” Happy autumn! I’m Sarah Baldwin and today I’ve got another craft
tutorial for you. Many Waldorf schools around the world celebrate the festival
of Martinmas. And what is Martinmas? It is
a European festival that centers around the story of St. Martin who was a Roman
soldier who, when traveling by horseback, found a poor beggar out in the cold who
had no coat. And so St. Martin cut his cloak in half with a sword and gave
half of it to the beggar. It’s celebrated on November
11th every year and it’s a time of year that marks the end of the fall harvest,
before the winter, when the days are getting noticeably shorter and colder
and we’re preparing for the snow here in the northern hemisphere and
colder climates. So many waldorf schools have made it a tradition to have a
lantern walk to celebrate this time of year, the turning of the year. The
lantern walk is traditionally held in the evening. Very quietly, parents and
teachers and children together, walking outdoors in the dusk at night with their
lanterns and with candles inside and singing songs very quietly before they
return home. So a lot of different Waldorf teachers have made
different kinds of lanterns with children, preparing for this festival,
will usually make them in the classroom and today I’m going to show you how to
make a really simple lantern just using a glass jar like this. We’re going to
cover it in tissue paper and use a finger knit yarn to make a handle.
It’s really simple. So, let’s get started! Let’s go over what you’ll need for this
project. You’ll want a supply of tissue paper. Now I apologize, normally I would
use fall colors. I would use red and orange and yellow for the fall.
Unfortunately, my supply of tissue paper was limited today so these are not
the optimal colors that I would use at this time of year but you, of course, are
free to use any colors you like or whatever your child’s favorite colors
are. You’ll need a glass jar, preferably one with a wide mouth like this because
we’re going to have to put our hand in to put a candle in at the end. This is a
mason jar. It can really be, you know, it can be a
little smaller. You could just clean out an old jar that you’ve used. And when
we’re finished we’re going to, as I mentioned, make a handle out of finger knit from yarn. Now I’ve done a separate video on how to finger
knit so if you’ve never done this before, I’ll put a link to the video so you know
how simple it is to knit a chain like this with your fingers. This is our Bulky
Rainbow Yarn from Bella Luna Toys which I like because it’s thicker and
sturdier to make a handle. It also knits up very quickly. You’re going to need
glue. This is Ukkie Glue, which we also sell at Bella Luna Toys, which I’m going
to dilute with water. A lot of people like to use Mod Podge which is often
used for decoupage and is available commonly in craft stores or online. This
works just as well. You can also use Elmer’s Glue and dilute that with water.
I like Ukkie Glue because it’s clear. So I’ve got a little bit water here for
diluting. I’m gonna show you in a moment how we tear up the tissue paper. You’re
going to need a brush to affix the tissue paper to the jar with the
glue. You can either use a little chip paintbrush like this, or I’m going to use
today a little foam applicator like this. Again, available to any craft store.
And finally when we’re all done, we’re going to put our votive candle inside,
our tea light candle, and I’m just going to affix it with some masking tape. So
we’re going to start with our tissue paper. Some people like to cut them into
squares. Personally, I like to tear them. The children can help. You can do this
project with a child, children can help tear them. I find the shapes are a little
more interesting, a little more organic, than neatly cut squares but you could do
it whichever way you like. You want to tear pieces that aren’t too small.
The smaller they are, the harder it will be to stick them to your glass jar and
the more time it will take, so I like sizes about like that. And then I just, as
you can see, I just put my torn pieces all in the bowl here until I’ve
got a big bowl full and we’re ready to go. Next, I’m going to dilute the glue. I’m just going to unscrew this. We’re going to do about half and half: half water
and half glue. You can see the Ukkie Glue is very clear so I like it for that
reason. You know, maybe I would say a little less. Maybe not half and
half, maybe two parts glue to one part water and mix it up. I’ve even heard of
people doing this with egg whites. You can experiment. And then this is so easy. You probably
want to put newspaper down if you’re working with children on your table
before starting the tissue paper. If the wet tissue paper gets on wood it will
stain. And we just put some glue on a section there. It’s nice when the pieces
overlap, it can make secondary colors that shine through. So you can put a
piece on and then just smooth it out with your brush. It really could not be
simpler. And if you find that, say, this yellow is too pale you can just go ahead
and put another piece over to intensify it. And I’m just going to continue like this
for a few minutes and I’ll be back with you when my jar is covered and we’re
ready for the next step. Okay, now I’ve covered my jar with
tissue paper. I find it’s more interesting the more layers you put on.
However, you want to be aware the more layers you put on, the more opaque your
lantern might be and the less light might shine through. Normally, I would
let this dry overnight before I put the handle on but for the sake of the video
we’ll just go ahead and attach the handle now. So you take your finger
knit piece of yarn and I’m going to fit it around the rim of the jar and tie it and
knot it. I’m knotting it here pretty tightly, you
don’t want the handle to fall off while
your child is carrying the lantern with a lit candle. Now you may be in a school
that doesn’t allow lit candles or you may be concerned about safety. You could
put one of those little battery-operated votive candles inside, like you see in a
lot of restaurants now, to be safe but in all my years teaching in a Waldorf school
we used real candles without incident. You know, just be careful and
always use adult supervision when children are dealing with lit candles.
And then you want to just find the right length. You want the hand to be far
enough away from the candle so it doesn’t get hot, so about like that. I am going to just cut it about here and
find enough of a tail here. You make a tail, then pull it tight so I can thread
that through on the opposite side, like so. You want
to make sure it’s really opposite the other side of the handle so that it’s
balanced when you hold it. And I’m going to tie it very securely,
double knotting it here, like so. There we go! And the final step:
we’re going to take our little tea light candle—I’m going to take a piece of masking
tape and then double back it on itself, like so, to create a double sided masking
tape. Stick it to the bottom of the tea light. Make sure your wick is standing
straight up. And there you go. Your lantern is ready for the lantern walk
and ready to be lit. So I’m going to wait until dusk and we’ll resume this video
so you can see what my lantern looks like lit up at night. So it’s
evening now, I’ve got the lights turned down lower, so hopefully you can see how
pretty the lantern looks when it’s all lit up. To light it, you might want to
make sure you have long stick matches that will reach down into the jar or one
of those long grill lighters. And to finish, I just thought I would end
singing my favorite lantern song which I’ve shared before on my Autumn Songs
video, but it goes like this: “I go with my bright little lantern, my lantern is
going with me. In heaven the stars will be shining, on earth shines my
lantern for me. The lights grow dim as we go in. La-bima-la-bamba-la-boom. The lights grow
dim as we go in. La-bimba-la-bamba-la-boom.” So thanks for joining me today. I hope
that gives you an idea of a simple lantern you can make, whether your child
is part of a school—a Waldorf school— and does a lantern walk with
other children, or you can have a family lantern walk or have a few friends join
you. So happy autumn! Happy lantern making! I’ll see you again next time. Bye-bye. Thanks for watching, I hope you enjoyed this video. If you’d like to see
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Comments (6)

  1. How lovely i wonder if you could add some dried leaves or flower's to it to?? Will definitely be making these with my kids

  2. My first daughter made one for me abt 17 years ago I still have it in my cedar chest. Can't wait to do this with my little ones again. ❤

  3. Thanks so much Sarah. We make these every year as a sweet memory and take on a walk, then we gift it.

  4. Such a lovely video. We will do our lanterns for the nights of Ramadan as lanterns were traditionally used to go pray at the Masjid (mosque) during that holiday for night prayers. My heart is so delighted with the idea of lantern making for that occasion and I will make sure to share it with my very large and beautiful extended family so all cousins will be able to have their own (made by themselves).

  5. will you have some promotion on black friday? thank you lol~~~

  6. I would love to see a video on ways that childless couples or adults can integrate Waldorf philosophy and lifestyle into their lives.

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