How to Make Paper Lanterns
Did you ever make paper lanterns in grade school? They're an easy project and such a fun, inexpensive decoration for any occasion. Mix up the colors depending on your celebration, whether it's for a baby shower or birthday party. Enjoy!
Time to hit your local craft or paper store to stock up on what you’ll need:
- Paper (one pattern or a mix of patterns and colors) cut into 9 inches wide by 6 inches tall
- Scissors (pinking shears optional)
- Double Sided Tape or Glue
- Hole Punch
- Ribbon or String
You really will be surprised about just how easy this project can be. Especially this first step. Are you ready?
Take one of your pieces of paper and fold in half lengthwise.
Starting at the fold, cut strips about 1/2 inch apart and 2 1/4 inches long.
Be careful not to cut all the way throughthese cuts are just to create the little slats in the lanterns.
Unfold your piece of paper.
Now, using double sided tape (or glue) on one of the short ends, secure the two ends together.
Once you’ve formed the lantern, press down gently on top to perfect the shape
Punch holes on both sides, directly across from each other, near the top. This is where you’ll be looping in your string.
Repeat and String
Repeat until all lanterns are made, and then loop a long piece of string through the holes of each lantern and tie with a knot.
Finally, choose where you want to display your handiwork and then simply string the lanterns onto a larger piece of string or ribbon.
Put on Display
And there you have it—ready to decorate any baby shower or first birthday celebration!
They add a lovely, whimsical flair to any soiree … or even in Baby’s nursery.
Get creative, mix and match colors and patterns, and most importantly have fun!
About the Author
Elizabeth Demers is the founder of Bump Smitten, which features beautifully photographed showers and showcases ideas for shower themes, customized favors and invitations, and DIY projects.
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