Sunday, July 26, 2009

How to Make a Beach Ball Lantern

Just last week I was introduced to these small paper beach balls. One of the missionaries from our church brought the balls back from Japan and gave one to my son. Upon examination I discovered they're very easy to blow up compared to a beach ball. And unlike a true beach ball, they hang in the air longer making it easy to bat them with your hands. Something about the fact that they're small and made with paper makes them extra charming. So of course my first thought was, could I find them in the states. I turned to my favorite store, Daiso and they didn't let me down. I found a pack of three for a $1.50!

Somewhere along the way it occurred to me that they would make cute lanterns since they're paper. I could picture them lined around a pool at night for a party. Or maybe gracing the table for an evening barbecue. One thing to keep in mind is they're purely for ambiance. They do not give off enough light as a main light source. Simple directions below.

Paper beach balls
electric tea lights

Here's what the package of paper beach balls look like.

Electric tea light - you can often find these at the dollar store, craft stores, and party supply stores.

After you inflate the balls, they will stay filled since they're made of paper. There's no closure as you can see from the picture above.

For making the lantern you will need to cut the hole slightly larger. You want only the tea light faux flame to fit in the hole.

Here's what the balls look like once they're inflated. They come in two sizes. I recommend using the smaller size ball.

Just place the ball on top of the tea light making sure the flame fits inside the opening of the ball. Done.

*If you want to have hanging lanterns, I recommend using a small flashlight instead of a tea light.


Deanna said...

Those balls are so cool! I've never seen them before. I have some of those tea lights and they are mine at Target. And they come in REAL handy during storms when the power goes out at night and the kids are freaking out about not having a night light...these work perfectly! :)

Kristin said...

So great! what a fun touch of well, fun!

Alexander said...

That's a great idea for summer. I bet the lighting will be colourful too.

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Okispice said...

Wow - these are cool!
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Ayie said...

yes it's very simple but makes a big statement!

Soundtrack of My Heart said...

If you're ever bored, look up some other Japanese kraft blogs. They are truly unique, and interesting. There is much out there other than the traditional stereotypical origami everyone associates with far Asia.

Rosel said...

I've bought one of these balls in a toy shop in Germany, they are lovely and delicate.

Anonymous said...

wow i LOVE this!!!

Growing up in japan, I always had this around when I was little, but I always thought this paper ball is kind of pointless because 1. it's made of thin paper. breaks easily. 2. doesn't float in the air like baloons. boring.

I think this is wonderful idea and looks so beautiful. I'll try this myself. thanx!!!

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