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I Love A Parade, or Getting Your Lantern From A to B

Now, half of the fun of making lanterns is so you can take them out to an event and show them off! How do you do it, though? There are a few things to consider when you are choosing a method, and they might have an impact on your design, so it's a good idea to think about those things first.

Are you planning to carry it? Is someone else? Is that person a child? Will you have to carry your lanterns and supports in a car (perhaps full of people) or on public transport to and from your event?

Everyone's heard the story of the guy who builds a boat in his basement but hasn't thought about how he'll get it out. Don't be that guy. You're smarter than that.

Getting it there

How big will your lantern be? If you are making little hand-held lanterns, or something that you will carry on a stick or pole, it shouldn't be too much of a problem, especially if you choose sturdier lights like a tin can lantern, a pop bottle lantern, or even a glass jar lantern. They don't take up too much room, and you can use knock-down poles for carrying them. Those are easy to construct, and can be taken apart to fit in a car or take on the bus.

Knock-down poles

Bamboo poles are lightweight, strong, inexpensive, and attractive. The only problem can be their length if you need to carry them in a vehicle or on public transit.

One solution is the knock-down pole.

Here's how to make one:

Take a bamboo pole of the length you need, or two shorter ones if the problem is getting them home in the first place. Choose two pieces that each have one end of approximately the same internal diameter as the other.

If you have a single long pole, cut it in half about halfway between two of the knots in the bamboo. You'll need a few inches of hollow bamboo on each side of the cut to make this work. Once you have two pieces of bamboo, here's how to join them together:


What to do:

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