St. Martin's Day

By admin, 4 November, 2023
Three kids with lanterns

Are you getting S.A.D? Why not try some autumnal arts and crafts. At 1a.m. on the 11th of Saturday join us for a latern lit walk leaving from plodge. Here is a quick guide on making your lantern. Help can be provided. You will be reimbursed for all purchases by the JCR.

Materials you will need:

  1. Tea light
  2. A wooden stick - Collected from the Oxford Arboretum.
  3. Metal wire (for support and handles)
  4. Colored tracing paper (for the lantern cover)
  5. Glue
  6. Scissors
  7. Ruler
  8. Pencil


1. Gather Your Materials:

  • Tea lights: Tesco's has them.
  • Wooden stick: Collect them from the Oxford Arboretum.
  • Metal wire: Robert Dyas has this.
  • Colored tracing paper: WHSmith
  • Glue: WHSmith

2. Collect Wooden Sticks from the Oxford Arboretum:

  • While at the arboretum, look for fallen, dry, and lightweight sticks. Avoid breaking branches or damaging living trees.

3. Prepare the Metal Frame:

  • Create a rectangular frame using the metal wire. Decide on the size you want for your lantern. The frame should have four sides and be open at the top and bottom. Secure the corners by wrapping metal wire around them. Make a holder for the tealight.

4. Make the Lantern Handle:

  • Attach a metal wire handle to the top of your lantern frame. Create a loop with the wire to make it easy to carry your lantern.

5. Create the Colored Lantern Cover:

  • Cover the sides of the latern with the colored tracing paper.

6. Insert the Tea Light:

  • Place a tea light inside the lantern frame at the bottom. Enjoy the warm glow of the candlelight.

7. Enjoy Laternenlaufen.