After being frustrated with the flammable traditional Paper Pagoda Lanterns which I used to carry and walk around the neighborhood with my kids during Mid-Autumn Festival, I came out with the idea of this Glass Jar Pagoda Lantern. I dislike the paper type for 2 reasons, they get burn easily (this is dangerous especially to kids), and changing the tiny birthday candle in it isn’t fun at all as they burn and melt so fast. Before I can really enjoy this special occasion, the lanterns either get burned or the candles are consumed. So, I designed this improvised version of my Pagoda Lantern, which won’t burn down (if handled with care), don’t have to change the candle so frequently (using tea light candle), can be hung or placed on table, and most importantly, it can be used repeatedly 🙂 . You can use electronic tea light candle to replace the wax candle to vow better safety.
During Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節) also know as Moon Festival or Lantern Festival, we will gather together and sit outside under the moon, eating mooncake(月餅) while hanging many brightly lit lanterns around the house. We also carry our lanterns and walk around the neighborhood. During this day (15th day of Lunar 8th month), the moon is bright and round. There were a story dating back over 3,000 years about moon worship in China’s Shang Dynasty where this festival originated.
To make this Pagoda Lantern, you will need to do some calculations on the size of fabric to wrap on the jar for this tutorial as the one you are using could be different from that I am using, so I can’t give you the exact dimension.
Estimated time to complete 1 Pagoda Lantern is about 2 hours, but you will get faster after you’ve gained the experience from the first one 🙂