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Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 | 1 comment

Join Del Ray’s First Annual Lantern Walk

Join Del Ray’s First Annual Lantern Walk

Join us on Thursday November 6 at 6 p.m. for our first annual Del Ray Lantern Walk. We’ll gather at the Del Ray Farmer’s Market at 5:45 and take a stroll through the streets of Del Ray with colorful, glowing handmade lanterns. The tour will last about 30 minutes and end with warm cider, live music, and a sing-a-long.

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Our frequent guest blogger and neighbor, Kay Sidhamed, has inspired us to adopt this European tradition, the Martinmas or St. Martin celebration, bringing light and warmth into the night as we move towards the darkest days of the year. The walk is for children and grown-ups alike.

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The lanterns are really easy to make at home. But you can also join us at UpCycle Creative Reuse Center (CRC) for a couple of workshops before the event.

  • October 29 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • November 5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

There’s no need to register for these workshops. The fee to UpCycle is $5 per person, $15 max. per family. All supplies are provided, including candles. (You are welcome to use battery-operated tea lights if you feel more comfortable.)

If you want to get started on making lanterns, here are instructions for making two kinds.

For the first, you use a cardboard oatmeal, or in this case, bread crumb container and cut out shapes around the exterior, like this crude star shape.

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Then, you paint the exterior with craft paint.

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And add wire to the top threaded with beads so the wire doesn’t get too hot from the candle burning inside. You can also add a handle using a stick or dowel rode and then hold the lantern out to the side.

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Another option is to use a recycled jar and the decorate it with pieces of tissue paper painted on with Mod Podge.

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You could even decorate your glass lantern with fall leaves.

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Then, again, you wind wire around the top and thread beads along the handle.

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Or attach a handle.

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We’ll also have a few of these tin can lanterns on the walk, but won’t be making them at UpCycle since they require a freezer. But you can follow these instructions to make your own at home.

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If you have any questions, email us at info[at]diydelray.com. Hope to see you at a workshop or the event or both!

1 Comment

  1. Thank you so much to those of you who came to the UpCycle Workshop. We can’t wait to see these beautiful lanterns lighting up the night. Thank you!

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