Make lanterns, check!

Plastic bags, bubble wrap, cardboard, chicken wire, wool roving, soap and water. Two evenings ago, about forty kids and adults transformed these materials into glowing lanterns. For three hours the Extend-a-Family WALES building buzzed with creativity. Thanks to all who came and helped out. Sarah Granskou walked us through the process of felting a lantern cover.

lantern making - wool roving
Here, Johanna and I set up our wool roving against a bubble wrap “resist” making sure to keep the wool bits thin, so light can shine through.

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making a wool lantern cover
Susan and Quinn from Baden made a beautiful wool lantern cover.

Crystal and Liam brought their experience from building costumes for the Procession of the Species walk each year to the construction of collaborative 3-D lanterns. Look for an octopus, a bird and a giant lantern at the walk!

Sawyer and Mira add shapes to the giant lantern.
Sawyer and Mira add shapes to the giant lantern.

And we put the glue guns to work, of course. Kids and adults used bits and pieces to decorate their own lantern jars.

Dhananjai and the lantern he made with his son.
Dhananjai and the lantern he made with his son.

Jana handed out the lyrics of two lantern songs she’s recorded so we can all learn them for the lantern walk. We’re very grateful for the support of Extend-a-Family, Mount Hope Breithaupt Park Neighbourhood Association and Cocoon Apothecary and the artists for this workshop.

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