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Beautiful silk and paper lanterns create a magical decorative effect for any occasion.

Whether you’re planning an outdoor celebration for Chinese New Year, or any special occasion, silk and paper lanterns are a wonderful decorative idea. Asian lanterns come in an incredible variety of shapes, sizes, colors and designs. You’ll find a huge selection available to purchase online, or from Asian import stores or home wares stores. Lanterns can be made from any material, but for a really authentic touch, look for lanterns made from real silk, rice paper or mulberry paper. Silk and paper lantern frames can be made from a variety of materials, including traditional bamboo or wood, or an inexpensive alternative is steel wire.

Choosing paper and silk lanterns.

There are two basic types of Asian lantern; those which are decorative on their own, and those which are intended to be illuminated from inside with a small electric bulb. When choosing your lanterns and lamps, it’s a good idea to check carefully whether the products are intended to be used with a light source or not.

Balloon shapes, stars, flowers, fish and pumpkin shapes are very popular for paper and silk lanterns, but there are many others to choose from. Many lantern shapes and designs have a traditional symbolic meaning. The fish trap shape is said to bring good luck, while the lotus flower reminds us of the ancient Zen philosophy of living in the moment.

If you like to be really creative, it’s very easy to make paper and silk lanterns yourself. There are lots of internet guides and books with instructions, patterns, and information on where to find materials.


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