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Chinese Paper Lanterns

Traditional style Chinese lanterns made from paper. Flying lanterns and decorative lanterns - Buy online - UK Stock.

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Paper Lanterns

Paper lanterns for use as a light shade

A paper lantern is a lantern made of thin, often vividly coloured or plain white paper. Paper lanterns are sometimes printed and are available in many shapes and sizes with various techniques of construction.  More intricate lanterns are made of of a collapsible bamboo or metal frame of hoops covered with thin, tough paper. Lanterns can also be made out of colored silk or vinyl. Paper lanterns are not much use for longterm outdoor useage, whereas vinyl lanterns are quite robust being able resist rain, sunlight and wind damage. Paper lanterns are much cheaper but when used indoors can still last quite a long time. These paper lanterns or lightshades offer quite a contemporary look. When used as permanent lamp shade paper lanterns are simply clipped over the standard light pendant cord and no DIY skills are required.

Paper sky lanterns for use at celebrations and parties

In their purest form, they are just a paper bag with a candle attached inside. Nowadays these lanterns are quite eco-friendly being made of bio-degradable paper with a thin bamboo frame. These lanterns are often used for celebrations like birthday, wedding, anniversary, bonfire night, new year, Christmas and other special events. The longer lasting flying lanterns can rise to a height of 1000 feet and travel for miles providing an enchanting display.

Traditionally in China, paper lanterns are categorised five distinct types. The Baby's Bottom is the miniature type which are often used as Christmas lights. The Rolling Paper, the tall, cylindrical lanterns are often seen at restaurants and bars. The third type is the Tomato Light or Big Red and this is the classic round mid-size lantern. The fourth type is the Crystal Magic featuring various shaped geometric designs and made of many square and triangular panes. The fifth type is called the Buddha's Gastronomy and this is the large lanterns used to decorate temples and for show at festivals.

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