Sky Lanterns

Sky Lanterns are like mini hot air balloons. They are made of non-flammable, biodegradable material. A wick is suspended from the frame (cross hairs) which is lit enabling the flying lantern to fill with hot air and float off into the sky.

They were invented in China in the 3rd century AD by a military strategist called Zhuge Liang as a way of sending signals. Since that time they’ve grown in popularity and have begun to be used at carnivals throughout the world.


Sky lanterns are fun to use and easy to assemble! Remove your lantern and fuel cell from the packaging and let’s get started.

To assemble your sky lantern, begin by first placing an unwrapped fuel cell over the crossed wire at the hole on the bottom of the sky lantern. 

1. Once assembled, gently air out your sky lantern similar to airing out a trash bag. Please remember to be careful when airing out your sky lantern in order to prevent tears or rips.

2. Tilt your sky lantern slightly in order to light. One person should be holding the Sky Lantern while another person lights the fuel cell. We recommend using a long barbecue lighter to light your lantern.

3. Wait for the fuel cell to be fully lit, and tilt your lantern back into the upright position. Now, wait for your lantern to be filled with hot air. (Your lantern will not rise correctly if it has not been completely filled with the hot air provided by the fuel cell.) Next, slowly release the lantern, adjusting it as it rises so that it stays squarely over the lit fuel cell.

4. Release the lantern when it starts rising straight up.

Click HERE for detailed instructions on how to release sky lantern. Please read the safety instructions carefully before using a sky lantern.


On purchasing Sky Lanterns from you accept all responsibility for any personal injury, civil damages, claims, or criminal charges that result from the release of the Sky Lanterns. We advise checking with your local Fire Marshall to ensure sky lanterns are not prohibited in your area.

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