Paper lanterns are a simple yet elegant way to illuminate every gathering. Although available in a variety of shapes and colors, the whites are very useful for custom decorations. You can use fabric dyes to turn them into any color. It is as simple as gently rolling the lamp in the dye and then giving it time to dry. You can customize your decorations by dipping lanterns in different color colors. When you're done, hang the lanterns so they can act as eye-catching decorations and light sources.
[ Edit ] Step
[ Edit ] Selection of accessories
- Choose a bowl large enough to hold the lamp you want color. Paper lanterns come in a variety of sizes, so you may need to look for something suitable. Look for something around and preferably the same size as the lamp. For large lanterns, try using a large mixing bowl. You can use smaller mixing bowls, cereal bowls or hair color bowls for smaller lanterns. 
- Remember that the lamps do not need to be fully submerged in the bowl. The bowl only needs to be wide enough for the lamp to fit into it.
- Get a separate bowl for each color you plan to use. Each color must be mixed separately.
- Select a colored fabric dye to use in the bowl. Fabric dye is easy to work with and gives paper lanterns a deep, even color. You can use either powdered or liquid dyes, whichever you prefer. Both varieties come in a variety of colors that light up your lanterns. Get more colors if you plan to create different lanterns or give them unique color patterns. 
- Fabric color is available online, but it is also sold in many hardware stores. General retailers and art retailers also carry it.
- If you have a choice between liquid and powder dyes, remember that liquid dyes are stronger. Powder dyes are easier to adjust to the shade you want.
- Cover your table with a plastic sheet before mixing the color. Dyeing gets messy, but you can avoid a lot of decontamination later by preparing for it. For example, pick up a plastic plate or drop sheet and drape it across the table. Make sure you work on a flat, stable surface to reduce the risk of potential spillage. While using the dye, keep your lanterns above the plastic sheet so that the dye does not drip on anything else. 
- You can get plastic wrap at most hardware stores.  If you can work outdoors so you don't have to worry about tracking down any dye in your home.
- Removing dye from furniture and other surfaces is tough, so try to limit the spray as much as possible. Cover nearby objects with more plastic if you suspect they may be dirty.
- Wear protective gloves to keep your hands clean. Fabric dyes can leave stains in your home, but it can also come on your hands. Once it's on your hands, it's hard to remove. Always wear disposable plastic or rubber gloves when handling dyes. Be careful not to spray paint on the skin. 
- If you get color on the skin, sprinkle some baking powder over it. Then sprinkle some water on it and scrub it with an old toothbrush or exfoliator.
[ Edit ] Mixing the Dye
- Pour cold water into a bowl. Tap water is good, but it must be cold. This water will be the basis of your dye. Make sure you still have plenty of room to fit the lantern in the bowl without spilling water. 
- Check the manufacturer's mixing recommendations for the dye. It may vary slightly depending on which product you use.
- Among lukewarm water and dye in a separate container. Choose something that is safe to use in a microwave, such as a glass measuring cup. First pour lukewarm water into it. Then pour in about 5 g (1 teaspoon) of dye. Stir it with a spoon until the dye has dissolved and turned the water into a uniform color. 
- Liquid dye is more concentrated than powdery dye, so use only half as much. Stir (0.5 teaspoon) of the dye into the water.
- Always mix powdered dye in a separate container with lukewarm or warm water so that it can be dissolved more easily. Since liquid fabric colors do not need to be dissolved, they can be added directly to your mixing bowl.
- Pour the dye into the bowl and mix it all together. Stir in the hot dye with the cold water. Stir everything together with a spoon before trying to use the dye. The water should turn a consistent shade of whatever color you use. If it looks uneven or you notice toner floating around, it touches a little more. 
- If using a powder dye, make sure the mixture is completely liquid before trying to dip a lantern into it.
- Dip a paper towel in the dye to test it. Tear off a single sheet from a roll of paper towels. Hold on opposite sides of it and gently lower into bowl. Lower the bottom of the paper towel and then pull it out again. Check the color to see if it is the shade you want the lamps to be. 
- You do not need to dip the entire paper towel into the water. A small note is enough. If the sheet gets too wet, it may fall apart.
- Mix more color in the water if you need to darken the color. Jump off water from the bowl with a measuring cup. Take it to a microwave oven and then heat it up with low power. Heat it for about 1 to 2 minutes until it feels lukewarm. Then sprinkle with more color, mixing it until well distributed. 
- To ensure that the dye works as intended, always mix it in a small glass of lukewarm water. When done, pour the mixture back into the larger bowl.
- Test the dye again by dipping a paper towel in it. If the color still looks too light, continue to blend in more color until it is the shade you want.
- Brighten the color as needed by adding more water to it. Gradually add water to avoid diluting the color too much. Start with up to lukewarm water. Pour it into the bowl and stir. Once the water is well mixed, test the color with a paper towel again. 
- If the dye is still too dark, you can continue adding more water until it reaches the right shade.
[ Edit ] Color the lamps
- Place a lamp in the bowl and tilt it slightly. Before you lose the lantern, you may want to remove the metal hanger or something else that might get in your way. Once you have done this, place the lamp on top of the water without lowering it. Then tilt it aside. Make sure the open end on one side touches the water so that some of the dye enters it. 
- Most unpainted lanterns are empty and have no hangers when you buy them, so you don't have to do anything but open them to start painting them.
- If you add too much color to the lantern, it will probably start to fall apart. Avoid lowering it.
- Turn the lamp slowly to color it to a solid color. Keep holding the lamp at an angle. When you hold it, you start spinning it by hand. When it looks constantly colored, remove it and flip it over. Tilt it so that the opposite end is in the water and then spin again to finish it. 
- Use the open ends of the lantern to hold it while you rotate it. Be careful not to drop your hands in the water.
- Dip the lantern in different colors if you make a pattern. Turn the lantern to the side you want to color and then lightly touch the water. Make sure it absorbs part of the dye. Once you lift it out of the water, turn it to another empty spot that needs to be stained. Continue dipping it in different colors until you are done. 
- For example, you can make dark purple stains at one end by dipping the lantern in the dye a few times. Then fill the space between the spots with a lighter purple dye.
- Creating designs takes a little patience and control. Try to start with the darker colors first and then add lighter colors when needed for the pattern you are creating.
- Another way to create patterns is to let the colored lantern dry and then paint it with watercolors. You can use this technique to make more intricate designs or details.
- Use several colors in order to make an ombre pattern. An ombre pattern is dark at one end and light at the other. If you plan to do this, mix all your dyes in different bowls. Start by dipping one end of the lantern into the dark color, then rotate to color it. Move it to the next color, tilt it to avoid coloring the part you have already colored. Repeat the process until you reach the last dye. 
- For example, you can start with a yellow dye and then work your way up to a pink or purple.
- Another possibility is to leave the upper part of the lamp white. Fade from an initial color to white by mixing gradually lighter color colors.
- Hang the lamp for about 30 minutes to dry. Thread a thread through the loops at the top of the lamp. Then tie the thread to a hook or a rope loop. Find an open space with plenty of air circulation so that the lamp can dry without problems. When it feels dry at the touch, you can move it to a more permanent place to decorate your home. 
- Clotheslines and curtain rods are a couple of good places to hang wet lanterns. Make sure you leave enough space between the lantern and the walls nearby so that they are not accidentally stained!
- The lantern can drip a little as it dries. If you dry lanterns indoors, place plastic underneath them to avoid moving.
[ Edit ] Tips
- Customize your lanterns further with additional decorations. For example, you can cut out paper butterflies and other shapes and then glue them on the lamps.
- Paper lanterns can also be painted with watercolors. If you try to paint a specific pattern, you will probably have an easier time doing it with paint and a brush.
- Using hot water can dissolve powdery dyes faster, but be careful to avoid peeling yourself.
[ Edit ] Things You Need
- Paper lanterns
- Fabric color
- Mixing bowl or alternative container
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoon
- Mixing spoon  Rubber gloves
- Plastic or drip cloth
- String or rope
- Hanging hooks
- Microwave (optional)
[ Edit ] References
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