The Wray Avenue Lantern Mob

We had a such great time on Sunday with our neighbours on Wray Ave crafting it up for March of the Lanterns.

With an eye on March 31, Heather, Phoebe, Alexis, Matt, Louise, Bonnie, Harry, Kelly and Jeanette joined Emma and myself to busy away at tube and box paper lanterns, using markers paints and fabric. Thanks everyone, it was fantastic.

How amazing it will be to see lanterns like this stretching along each side of the avenue at the end of March!

Tube lantern - "Let us learn, love and live together"

With practically no lantern making experience amongst us, we managed to put together over twenty lanterns to make our houses come alive with colour and light. It was a steep learning curve but we found within ourselves the capacity to make things that came from within ourselves and looked beautiful. Go team!

What was really amazing was that none of us really new more than a few others. Apart from Emma, I knew Jeanette from next door and I’d met Heather once before. I was really worried people wouldn’t be feel comfortable participating in something creative with strangers like this. It exceeded all my expectations and dreams; I’m super-dooper happy about it!

Box lantern - The Rubik's Cube

Not everyone was from Wray Avenue either, with Phoebe coming around the corner on Attfield Street and her friend Alexis coming from further afield in Beaconsfield. This only added to the sense of community and positivity.

In keeping with the sustainability theme for Earth Hour, we used recycled materials where possible. These included recovered materials sourced from REmida, packaging and boxes from nearby stores and fabric from op shops.

Our glue was a non-toxic mix of flour (1 cup), water (1 1/2 cups), sugar (1/3 cup) and white vinegar (1 teaspoon), the recipe taken from the sustainableecho website.

Pyramid lantern prototype

The star of the day was young Harry, a Beaconsfield Primary School student, who exhibited engineering skills far beyond his age.

Ben D’Silva from Bentech Computers had hoped to make it too and we hope that he can make it next time.

Rumour had it that there is a house on Wray with significant lantern making experience, we just don’t know who it is. If you know, please let us know! We’ love to run professional lantern making workshops on March 31 and someone from the neighbourhood would be perfect.

If you couldn’t make it but want to be involved or have other ideas, please post a comment or get in touch.

Our next lantern making workshop will be at the Cappuccino Strip Street Club Party in Kings Square on Thursday night from 5-8pm. If you would like to come down and make some lanterns, or just say “hi” we’d love to see you there!

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