added by lyvigil
(19 months ago)
Coffee filters! That's right, Loiacono bought a huge stack of coffee filters, and using her hot glue gun, she crumpled them up and placed them very closely together on the paper lantern. As she went along, she realized that it was less about how crumpled the pieces were, and more about how close she put them together on the lantern.
These standard paper lanterns can be found at many home goods stores — from Cost Plus World Market to Pier 1. Any size can be purchased, depending on the type of effect you're going for. Loiacono purchased an extra-large 38" diameter paper lantern, which took over 1200 coffee filters to cover completely. The lantern was about $30 and the coffee filters $10, putting the total cost just a little over $40.