How to make a simple Waldorf lantern

how to make a Waldorf lantern

This is a sponsored post

The idea was for the playgroup children to make their own Waldorf lanterns this year.

We made a good start, with most of the children colouring their watercolour paper and painting them in olive oil. The oil does a very special ~ and I think magical job ~ it turns the watercolour paper semi translucent. Allowing the candlelight to shine through ?

Then we had a public holiday and many of us ended up with colds. So Max and I ended up finishing the lanterns ready for our playgroup Winter festival. And I thought I would share how *smile*

Winter lantern

You will need

And away we go…

colour page with wax crayons

You can also use watercolour paint if you prefer *wink*

paint with oilhang to dry

We tend to leave our watercolour paper to dry overnight, and then continue the project the next day.

cutstapleglue endglue circle on endhole punchmake wool twisties

You can learn how to make a wool twistie here *grin*

add handleQueen B beeswax candle

And there you have it, beautiful simple Waldorf lanterns!

Just add a beautiful beeswax tealight candle and you are ready for a Winter lantern walk.

We love using pure beeswax candles from Queen B in our lanterns (and in the house) Their scent is simply devine!

finished lanternscandle in lantern

This post was sponsored by the beautiful shop, Dragonfly Toys. An Australian based Waldorf inspired shop which aims to keep the magic of childhood alive.

And Dragonfly Toys is offer 15% off for friends of Happy Whimsical Hearts at their store until 8 August 2016. Just use the code HAPPYHEARTS at the checkout.

You can see our last playgroup Winter festival here, as well as our Spring festival here.

???  And follow along on Facebook and Instagram ???

Blessings, Kelly













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  • Reply Felicity July 11, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Thanks for this post. I love these and would like to make them with my students but am wondering how safe they are. I’m guessing they’re fine or you wouldn’t make them?

    • Reply Kelly July 11, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      we used tea light candles. So it is fire and we needed to be careful. Our lanterns were lit for probably about 10 min. Because it is a playgroup, each child had a parent with them, so that helped to manage the risk. One option would be to use the battery operated tea light candles, or build in awareness for fire safety. You will know best whether it is an activity that you can safely do with your students.

  • Reply Salma July 11, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Hi Kelly, this is so lovely. Going to try with my kids. Thanks!

  • Reply Nichole July 14, 2016 at 12:49 am

    These are lovely Kelly! Gorgeous photos as always – you can just feel the warmth in your home x

  • Reply Kate @ The Craft Train July 14, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    What a beautiful idea, they turned out great!

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