Paper Lantern Balloon

I love instead of pretentious chandeliers to buy paper lanterns. Why? First, they are inexpensive. Secondly, when they become dusty or tear, they can be changed. Thirdly, it is easy to transform them, there would be paints, napkins and free time. I have long wanted to make a balloon, but here a basket was found suitable and the idea immediately matured. For the balloon-ceiling we need the most simple things: • paper torch, • 4 napkins with sunflowers • ad • broken basket without a handle, • stickers in the shape of flowers, • scissors • cleaning • brushes, paint • paint, ads • PVA glue, • • 5 –6 meters of cord, • balloon passengers and fantasy.
 Balloon from a paper lantern
When I came across the store napkins with sunflowers, I thought they were very similar to the flames that burst from the burner and the balloon is inflated. The flashlight has been lying for a long time, it remains to bring together all the elements.Cut out pieces of flowers of the right size.
 Balloon from paper lantern
Now you need to remove three white paper layers from the napkin so so that only colored ones remain.
 Balloon from a paper lantern
We neatly impose it on the bottom of the lamp and coat it with white glue. I dilute the glue with water in a 1: 1 ratio to make it easier to apply. You can use undiluted, but then there is a big risk of tearing the napkin when it is smeared over the surface. A brush for this process should be taken with a soft bristle.
 Balloon from paper lantern
From the pieces of napkin we gradually form our flame below.
 Balloon from paper lantern
Do this until we have completely filled the circle. We try to distribute the napkins so that there are no ugly gaps. From above, I decided to duplicate the same pattern for symmetry. Let it be the sun.
 Balloon from a paper lantern
Balloon from a paper lantern
To make the sunflower fire look brighter and more complete, I have drawn red and yellow gouache flames.
 In zdushny ball of paper lantern
Now to basket tie cord, spreading it into equal segments of distance inside the circle. Try to keep all the nodules inside the basket. For each suspension it takes about a meter cord. It can also be duplicated with a cord around the lamp. It is very important to center the basket, this is one of the most difficult moments of work. Check it out, it should hang exactly under the balloon. To facilitate this process, you can look through the hole below. Through it you can clearly see where the center of the basket is.This basket of twigs is quite expensive, you can weave it from newspapers. Workshops on newspaper weaving can be easily found on the network.
 Balloon from a paper lantern
In the final, I decided to decorate the center of the paper the ceiling with stripes of gouache yellow-green and stickers in the form of flowers. Try to find stickers on thin paper so that they do not peel off from the tissue paper, which is covered with the ceiling. They look very nice on such lamps and glowing stickers with a phosphor coating. A real waltz of flowers has turned out.
 Balloon from a paper lantern
Seated in a passenger basket. Try to distribute them so that there is no distortion. Carefully fasten the ceiling on the lamp and again check whether the basket hangs evenly. After that we send our balloon in a long flight. Good luck!
 Balloon from a paper lantern
 Balloon from a paper lantern


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