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Sky Lanterns

I found my stash of sky lanterns the other day so I thought I’d do another post about them. (See my other post right here.) Sky Lanterns are basically mini hot air balloons that are used at festivals in Asia. A few years ago I let off a bunch at my birthday party and then on the beach with my family in Mexico. They are non flammable and bio degradable but there are still issues with fire safety and littering because once they take off you usually can’t find them again. You have to treat them like fireworks and use them carefully. I love the idea to use these for a winter wedding. They hold large festivals in Thailand and Taiwan that someday I hope to attend. Look at this video, it leaves me speechless every time. You can buy sky lanterns here.

  1. Scott Andrew

    September 2, 2010

    Love these. I had a wedding client that was going to have these but the fire dept shut them down, such a bummer. I love your blog Jordan, so fresh and fun.

  2. Carolyn

    September 2, 2010

    Beautiful. The video is amazing.

  3. Rachel

    September 2, 2010

    I love them too. I bought some for my reception and got shot down by the venue owner. In fact, if any of you want a box of these in turquoise (I think I have 20) just let me know and I'll send them to you.

  4. Flotsam Friends

    September 2, 2010

    These are amazing… Really amazing. Love your blog too. Always inspiring. Pruxxx

  5. The Chick

    September 2, 2010

    When I was little we hung out with a lot of musicians and artists, one of them showed my brother and I how to make these out of criss crossed cardboard hanger covers, dry cleaning bags and birthday candles. Very dangerous but lots of fun :) He called them "Bags of Whoa" because when people would see them, they'd look up and say "WHOA!" ha ha.

  6. Kira

    September 2, 2010

    I made one of these in high school physics class – we just used big pieces of tissue paper, cut out the panels, and glued them together. Then we heated them with a space heater, I think, and they flew several hundred feet up. Not glow-y but still fun and colorful during the day.

  7. Katriin

    September 3, 2010

    Beautiful! gotta say, you have a great blog here.

  8. jdavissquared

    September 3, 2010

    I've never seen these in person, but I'd love to!

    Make sure you head over to Real Moms Real Views and enter the give away for one of my personalized piggy banks!

  9. Rita

    September 3, 2010

    In Portugal, Porto, we also release illuminated flame-propelled balloons during festivities of 24th June and it´s an amazing night!

  10. Rachel T. Wright

    September 3, 2010

    How creative. I think I need to give this a try!

  11. Enzo from Taiwan

    September 3, 2010

    In Taiwan,we usually write our wishes on the lanterns. Then we fly the lanterns and fly the wishes!

  12. Amma Brown

    September 13, 2010

    How beautiful! Your photos look magical.

  13. Anonymous

    January 13, 2011

    Hi Jordan. Was wondering about the lanterns…you said you set them off on a beach in Mexico…I'd like to do that for my wedding in Mexico in Playa Del Carmen. Did you buy them there? Did you need a permit and were the winds inland or seaward the time of year you went? You can message me on my Facebook page at Zar James.
    Thanks in advance.

  14. Mariana Topa

    May 15, 2011

    Hi Jordan, in Porto, Portugal at São João party (June 23rd)we also have these sky lanterns. I got married that day and we used them. Congratulations on your blog. Mariana

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