Above is a picture of two such lanterns. These were balloons that were covered with paper mache paste, with layers of lace or paper laid over top (the image shows one of each). They were then hung on a line to dry, which consisted of string between two chairs. Once they were dry, the balloon was popped and removed, and presto – a lantern made. These were lit with glow sticks the night of the wedding and really did look magical.
Another type of lantern (which in the end was my favorite) were the crochet cotton lanterns. I made these by covering balloons with fabric stiffener and wrapping the cotton around the balloon in a random fashion. Then while still wet sprinkling them with glitter.
These were a bit more delicate, and very messy to make, but so worth the effort. These were mostly hung by lights in the pavilion, and added to the magical feel.
The most challenging of the lanterns were the star lanterns, but once we got the folding and gluing down, they turned out very nice. One thing about these lanterns is they fold up when not in use, so they can be stored easily. These were also lit with glow sticks.
Were we crazy for having so many paper decorations for an outdoor wedding? Perhaps so!