How to make Sky Lanterns


Lovely Illustration by Tuhin Paul

We made sky lanterns to celebrate “Diwali”, a festival of lights in India. You can find the step-by-step tutorial here:
Step 1: Make Paper Balloon
The paper balloon is made using rice papers,butter paper, kite paper or tracing paper. Butter paper works best as it has good tensile strength which prevents the paper from tearing and is easy to handle.

While sticking the sides of the butter paper make sure you stick it properly so that the hot air could not escape from it.
Step 2: Making the rim of the balloon
The open end of the balloon is stuck with a bamboo ring to attache the fuel.

Step 3: Making the Fuel
For making the fuel of Sky lantern, you need wax and napkin papers.

Step 4: Attaching the fuel

The wire used must not be very thick otherwise it may increase the weight of the sky lantern, also it should not be very thin otherwise it would melt with the heat.

Make lots of them and launch them together, sky lanterns when launched looks visually stunning. Its a very eco-friendly and beautiful way of celebrating the festival of lights.
You can watch the video of launching Sky lanterns here:

118 thoughts on “How to make Sky Lanterns

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  3. hi aditi,
    loved your diy.
    all items are available in our campus and hardly costs 50 rs…
    we did it as a part of farewell to seniors…
    loved doing it…
    thank you…

    • Hey Mahir,
      Few holes in the lower end wont matter, please make sure the balloon is closed in the upper end and holds all the hot air within it.
      I would love to know how did it go, share pictures if possible🙂

  4. Most compact and short step by step procedure I found on the internet. I wish I could have found it in the first place, so that I don’t have waste my 1 – 2 hours. Thank you guys, you are the BEST.

  5. Good and simple instruction, ones of the best, but lenght and width are changed with each other! The shorter side of a shhet f paper is width. And some spelling mistakes occurred.

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