Kids like different things from time to time and Phoebie’s latest craze has got to be the animated movie “Inside Out“. One of her favourite characters is Joy, and with Mid-autumn Festival, aka Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival round the corner, I decided to make a Joy lantern for her.
For the record, I have never made a lantern for any of my kids before, so if this project looks amateurish, that’s because it is. Also, there is no Joy lantern in any shop now, so I thought I’d just make one.
I know, felt isn’t exactly a traditional lantern material. However, I needed something that my kids won’t break or crush easily, so I decided to try using it.
The traced-and-cut pieces of felt are then pieced together using fabric glue, with the non-marker ink side facing up. Any excess portions of the nude-coloured felt are trimmed away. Joy’s mouth is drawn with a pink marker. Again, notice that the two felt-material Joys are mirror images of each other.
Next times the more tedious part – sewing.
I cut strips of white felt (it can be any colour) and sew them to the sides of the two felt-material Joys using the blanket stitch.
After stitching the Joys together with strips of white felt between them, it is time to put the wire and light bulb in.
I then remove the wire and light bulb from the cheap paper lantern. Before I saw the wire, I was wondering how to fix the wire to my Joy lantern. I was really glad to see that the wire comes with a simple clip.
Now to test it.
Hopefully, Phoebie likes it.