I have been making these for some time, they are quite simple, but they do take some preparation time and you need to make sure you have prepared for more children than will turn up, because whipping up another at the last minute isn’t straightforward. Before we start, I must mention it couldn’t have been completed without the artwork of Martin Young at bible cartoons.
Here is the full how to for ‘Damascus Lanterns’
1 half litre drinks bottle per child (this is a craft you need to save up for)
10 cm of 1cm wide ribbon per child
one electric candle per child (i found these in packs of 4 at a pound shop)
A4 thin card or paper
image of Saul on the road to Damascus image (I found mine on https://www.biblecartoons.co.uk/)
coloured sticky tape
|You need to start with a half litre drinks bottle,
though it does work with bigger bottles.
Generally, the straighter the sides are the better.
Cut off the top of the bottle and throw it away, you need the bigger piece for the lantern body
|Wrap the cut edge in tape. The plastic looks neater and it covers the sharp edges.
The easiest way is to wrap around the outside and fold the tape inside
|Tissue paper in the window will give a coloured effect. Sandwich tissue paper to add colour. The photographed example had thin strips of colour, some children had more of a patchwork effect. The darker the colour the harder it is for light to pass through.|
|Finally slip the rolled up paper back in the bottle, turn on an electric tea-light candle and drop it into the bottom. It’s hard to photograph but it really is effective. I’d recommend a dark spot for the kids to test it out in if that’s possible!|
Another example : (for reference the little girl blowing bubbles was a cut out stencil on white card with white paper behind, she appeared brighter because of the thickness of the card and thinness of the paper)