Tibetan lanterns are made from cotton and lokta paper. Our cotton lanterns are very durable and great for both indoor and outdoor use. Our lokta paper lanterns are made from environmentally sustainable lokta paper. Lokta paper comes from the daphne shrub in Nepal, a shrub that actually grows better after harvest. Tibetan lanterns come in a variety of sizes, and the idea is to hang the lantern on it's own, or you can hang a light bulb inside the lantern and light it up. Please do not use candles inside of the lanterns. All of our Tibetan lanterns are made by hand.