Outdoor lanterns come in all shapes and sizes and are an unusual and inexpensive way to light up any outdoor events. Sky lanterns and candle lanterns are the two main types of outdoor lanterns and both make great additions to any kind of festivities. Sky lanterns in particular make child, pet and pocket-friendly alternatives to fireworks.
All kinds of Chinese lanterns, the traditional name for outdoor lanterns, are very simply made from a kind of paper lampshade housing and a candle that sits inside this housing. Sometimes these candles can be quite large, however domestic lanterns usually come with tea light candles. The paper housing for the candles is made from a special fire resistant paper to avoid the obvious potential for fire accidents.
Below is a selection of Chinese flying lanterns