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Typo Lanterns

by Vanessa M (follow)
Typo's Lucky Lanterns are a good way to decorate a room with a hint of the Oriental. Each set includes ten lanterns, which are about 11 centimetres in diameter, that hang from a string of fairy lights. You also get two extra bulbs, ready to replace any that blow.

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My Typo Lanterns

The lanterns do not come assembled, so you have to put them together yourself. But it's simple enough. All you need to do is fit a metal frame inside each lantern and then hook the top of the frame onto the string of lights, just above one of the the bulbs.

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Still in the container

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The pieces ready to assemble

It can be a bit frustrating getting the frames inside the lanterns, but once I realised my paper balls were sturdier than I expected, I stopped being so careful. Also, each of the metal rings on the lantern is lower on one side, which can make it easier to get the frame in if you use it to your advantage.

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The lantern slips on just above the bulb

At first, I intended to hang my lanterns over my window or around the top of my wardrobe. However, it turned out I couldn't put them in either location if I wanted to be able to turn the fairy lights on, because the power cord was too short to reach any nearby power-points. There is only about 1.5 metres between the last lantern and the plug, which I didn't find was enough.

Of course, I could still have hung my lanterns up where I had initially wanted, especially since I don't turn them on often, but I thought the long white lead hanging down would spoil the aesthetic effect for no reason. I ended up finding somewhere else to drape them. However, you could just get an extension cord out if you've got a particular place in mind with no power-points nearby.

If I'm being picky, as well as making the cord longer, I would also add an On/Off switch to the cord itself, so you could leave the lanterns plugged into the power-point and yet still turn them on when you want. It's not really necessary, but I have another set of lights with a similar switch and noticed that it can be useful, as its often more accessible than the powerpoint itself.

Nevertheless, I'm still satisfied with my lanterns. Each set has its own pattern and Typo is always coming out with new colours and designs. While my lanterns are paper, I have also seen lace versions too. Whichever you get, you'll end up with decorations that look good during the day, and when you turn the lights out.

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Another of the paper patterns Typo has produced

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One of my lanterns all lit up
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