Star Lanterns and Star Paper Lanterns Features, Lighting, and Decorating Tips
Our star lanterns, star paper lanterns, and star lamps are export-quality products from various parts of Asia, like China and India, and they feature the most functional Asian star lantern designs or created in a basic star shape but crafted in the traditional lantern style of a specific Asian culture, country, or region, like the case of our Moroccan star lanterns, which are made in classic Moroccan style using stained glass and metal frame, and Indian star lanterns, which are embellished with henna tattoo-inspired dyed prints.
How to Assemble Paper Star Lanterns?
Star lanterns sport a three-dimensional lantern design and they are initially folded flat in the shape of a triangle for easy storage. They also have a hollow space at the center for an electrical lantern light kit
, battery lantern light
with cord, or tea light candle
. Which light goes perfectly with each star lantern and star paper lantern basically depends upon their lantern design, material, and your lighting needs but you can, however, find our recommended light kit from the Additional Accessories section, which is found at the bottom of every star lantern product.
To prepare star paper lanterns for hanging without lights, simply unfold the opposite ends of each star paper lantern to open them into a star, and then tie the attached lantern strings to a knot to secure.
How to Insert Light Kit on Star Paper Lanterns and Asian Star Lamps?
If you are hanging star paper lanterns and star lamps with lights, partly open each star paper lantern, insert a single light bulb, or fairy string lights, onto the hollow center, and then tie the attached lantern strings to secure them for hanging.
How to Hang Star Paper Lanterns and Asian Star Lamps?
Star paper lanterns are basically made of lightweight materials as they are either crafted of a bamboo frame covered with rice paper, premium quality cardstock, or paper board. You can hang star paper lanterns from a satin ribbon, nylon string, or nylon cord, you can also use them with battery lantern lights which already include a cord for hanging or an electrical lantern light kit, unless specifically stated otherwise.
Asian star lamps and star lanterns, which are made of iron, aluminum, and glass, may, however, require a stronger and more durable lantern holder for steady support. You can hang them from a heavy-duty nylon cord, lantern chain, an existing wall sconce, Shepherd's hook, or wrought iron lantern stand. You can also check out our product pictures to see the lantern holder we have tried them with.
How to Hang Paper Star Lanterns on a String Light?
Consider the width of the star lanterns that you would have to hang on a single lantern string. Assuming all star lanterns are facing front, basically, a distance, or spacing, of at least two (2) inches should be given between the same star lantern size on a string light.
You can simplify this task, however, of hanging star paper lanterns on a string light by purchasing our C7 Custom-Spacing Light Strings
. These string lights already have a dropped socket, which makes them perfect for using with star paper lanterns, and have lantern light bulb sockets that have already been spaced equally from each other throughout its length. You can use these customizable lantern string lights to hang different sizes of star paper lanterns, even hang both star lanterns and other styles and sizes of paper lanterns, altogether on a single string.
Star Lanterns and Star Lantern for Weddings and Special Occasions
The beauty of star lanterns does not end with their stunning shape and beauty, but in how they set a soft or bright glow of light, and steady or festive sparkle, accentuate your party venue's dim surroundings with star-shaped light, or give it a star-swept scene by means of star-shaped array of lights on the walls or ceilings – exactly just how stars beautifully decorate the evening sky.
Picture your party place this way and check out from the following hint about which star lanterns and star paper lamps from our selection can give you the same kind of shining light.
Star Lanterns that Shed a Soft and Warm Glow of Light
If you want a festive array of star lanterns that will act as the primary or secondary source of light on your wedding or party venue, star lanterns that are fully-covered with rice paper are a brilliant pick.
Rice paper is an ancient and traditional lantern material in Asia and it has the capacity to partly trap the flow of light from a star lantern's light bulb. Thus, under dark or dim light, these lanterns not only display the full shape of a star, they also shed a soft and warm glow of light at a certain radius.
Star Lanterns that Glow
A beautiful array of star lantern lights with miniature, star-shaped lights that shine within them can be achieved from cardstock paper star lanterns with cutout patterns that are covered from the inside with translucent paper. When lit, the thickness of cardstock traps almost all of the light that glows from within each paper star lantern, however the lantern's glow is highly visible on the perforated areas, but then, light from these perforated areas are enclosed within the translucent paper, thus they only appear to glow without casting shadows on the wall or ceilings.
Paper star lanterns that glow in this manner are great for hanging as accent light, like of the dance floor or ceiling centerpiece, or when you want to infuse a hint of color, decoration, or variety to the bright light that already shines across your party venue.
Star Paper Lanterns that Cast Shadows
If you love the idea of projecting tiny stars to the walls or ceiling of your party place, star paper lanterns with uncovered paper cutouts will offer you this party-perfect lighting effect. These star paper lanterns are made of cardstock so that when lit, the glow from their light bulb will emphasize the star-shaped cutouts on their surface. And, since these cutout patterns are uncovered, light that glows from inside the lantern can freely travel outside the lantern and, in effect, appear to cast great shadows to nearby walls or ceilings. Illumine these star paper lanterns with colored light bulbs, so they project their star-shaped lights to the walls or ceiling in the same color.
Asian Star Lamps that Shed Jewel-like Glow of Light
A jewel-like glow of light from an Asian star lamp can reliably be achieved from Moroccan star lanterns and Asian star lamps that are covered with patterned stained glass. Even with a tea light candle, these glass star lanterns make for a diffused glow of light that is just right to brighten up the brilliant hue, or bring out the natural gloss, of their glass panels. The elegance of glass star lanterns also makes them perfect to be hung as a lantern fixture for your home and chic interiors.
Star Lanterns in the Asian Culture
Star lanterns are widely known in Asia as Lucky Star Lanterns and they are often synonymous to happy occasions, festivals, and family celebrations that are enjoyed for and by kids in many Asian cultures. In fact, Asian kids, especially the Chinese, are taught at a very young age how to make their own paper star lanterns, attach them to a lantern string, and hold them with lantern lights for a lantern parade.
In the Chinese culture, Lucky Star Lanterns are considered as an auspicious decoration for the Chinese New Year, and hanging them is believed to bring both light and good luck to every place where they are hung. In the Philippines, star lanterns make for the most colorful lights during the holidays season. They shine brightly and in colorful hue on the homes, streets, and public buildings and they are the most popular decoration on top of the Christmas tree.
In Vietnam, star lanterns are also close to being the light of the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Tet-Trung-Thu. Celebrated every year on the 15th night of the 8th lunar month, when the full moon appears to be larger than on any other day, a candlelit lantern parade is held, usually at dawn, during this special occasion participated by both parents and children, and parents would buy star lanterns for their children to symbolize brightness, the hope that they have for their children's future, and the happiness that is fostered when the family is together.
Asian star lanterns have not only witnessed the various Asian celebrations throughout the years, they have also become a work of art that blends, where Asian artists can blend the artistic influence of several Asian cultures. Enjoy these star paper lanterns, glass star lanterns, and Asian star lamps together with paper lanterns
, paper parasols
, Asian party supplies, and Asian home decor
to bring the festive aura of the stars and the elegance of Asian work of art to your home, wedding, and parties.