Austin's Theatre Action Project is a nonprofit group that uses theater as an educational tool in schools and communities. They're currently collaborating with Ballet Austin on Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project, a three-month multimedia arts project about the Holocaust involving lectures, dance performances, visual art displays, and more.
Last week, Thinkwell employees volunteered with TAP to help build and decorate papier-mâché lanterns for the project's Holocaust Remembrance Day Event at Congregation Agudas Achim. Attached to each lantern is the name of a child who died in the Holocaust. When they're all displayed together, the lanterns will be a beautiful way to honor Holocaust victims and remind us as a community about the importance of human rights.
Thinkwell is proud to be able to contribute to the Light project alongside many other Austin organizations. If you're in the Austin area, we highly encourage you to check out some of the events and performances.
To make your own papier-mâché lanterns, follow the steps below.
Materials you'll need for one lantern:
- - 1 balloon
- - 1 strip of cardboard, about 9" x 3"
- - masking tape
- - colored tissue paper, cut into strips
- - a mix of Elmer's glue and Mod Podge
- - stickers, glitter, etc. (optional)
- - 1 electric candle (a real one might set the lantern on fire)
- - string with which to hang the lantern
How to make the lantern:
- 1. Inflate the balloon.
- 2. Shape the cardboard into a circle and tape it to the bottom of the balloon to form a base.
- 3. Cover the balloon with 5 layers of papier-mâché, using the colored tissue paper and glue. Don't forget to cover the cardboard base.
- 4. Decorate.
- 5. The next day, when the papier-mâché is dry, pop the balloon.
- 6. Place the electric candle in the balloon and hang it upside down, using tape or a hole punch to attach the string to the cardboard base.