Make a Chinese Lantern Using Unconventional Materials and Share it With Us

Experiment with a Different Material

Art comes in different forms and different materials, just like our lantern displays. The Tianyu artisan team strives to continue innovating and exploring with new materials in lantern making. We encourage you to do the same in your next art project! Look around and see what you can find to make your artwork less conventional.

We have some examples here for your reference.

We will continue to update this page, so come back to see our next light installation in a different material!

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Giant Pingpong Panda

In 2018, the Tianyu artisan team introduced the giant ping pong panda to the U.S. audience.

The panda was 20 feet tall and made of thousands of ping pong balls. Ping pong, also known as table tennis, is the most popular sport in China, and it was the first time this unique sport activity was highlighted in lantern festivals — thanks to the creativity of our lantern artisans.


Asian Pagoda

Another example of experimenting with unconventional materials is the creation of 30-foot tall Asian pagodas made with thousands of porcelain cups, plates, and spoons — all sewn together.

Our lantern artisans turned these everyday objects into large-scale installation art that will amaze and impress audiences from around the world.

As we continue to experiment and innovate with new materials in lantern making, we hope this can also bring out the creativity in you! Try to recreate your favorite artwork with a different material —  maybe with something recyclable!