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{DIY paper lanterns}

{DIY paper lantern}

These little lanterns are so quick and easy to make — the perfect craft for a rainy fall afternoon like today. The days are getting shorter and with all the rain it feels like dusk all day long.. Time to get out all those candles and tea lights to get the apartment cozy (and a little brighter).
I had a lot of leftover wrapping paper from my china cabinet redo and thought it would make for another cute project.

{DIY paper lantern}

What you’ll need:
  • wrapping paper or card stock
  • double sided tape
  • x-acto knife or scissors
  • little jars
  • tea lights

{DIY paper lantern}

How to:
  1. For the big lantern, cut the paper to about 8×8 in. (~20x20cm), for the small one about 8×6 in. (~20x15cm). The paper will need to be long enough to wrap around the jars once, plus about 14″ — 12″ overlap.
  2. Fold the paper in half.
  3. Cut a series of straight lines in the paper, cutting over the fold, about 14″ — 12″ apart. Make sure to stop about 1 12″ from the edge.
  4. Unfold the paper and roll the paper on both sides, so the fold is sticking outward.
  5. Tape the sides together.
  6. Place a jar with tea light inside the lantern and light the candle.
  7. Feel cozy. ;)

{DIY paper lantern}

{DIY paper lantern}

I’m partying here

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    Tuesday October 11th, 2011 at 09:08 PM

    These look beautiful! What a fun little craft!

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    A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
    Tuesday October 11th, 2011 at 09:21 PM

    How beautiful and fun!

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    Lindsay @ Delighted Momma
    Tuesday October 11th, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    What a cute little craft!! Love the look of the finished product. Very clever!

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    Tuesday October 11th, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    So lovely! I used to make paper lanterns like this as a kid, but using Christmas cards. Thanks for sharing.


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    Angela Lynn
    Tuesday October 11th, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    So pretty! Love it :)

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    Wednesday October 12th, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    These are so cute and easy! I’ll have to keep this in mind for any future parties!!

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    Wednesday October 12th, 2011 at 03:47 AM

    such a dressed up look what a great decoration come see me at

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    The Partiologist
    Wednesday October 12th, 2011 at 01:27 PM

    What great paper lanterns — perfect for any occasion!

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    Wednesday October 12th, 2011 at 07:25 PM

    Awesome lanterns!!!

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    Shabby chic Sandy
    Thursday October 13th, 2011 at 02:14 AM

    So pretty and easy–thanks for sharing!

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    Thursday October 13th, 2011 at 03:18 AM

    Love this. I saw this linked on many sites and had to pay you a visit. I a just thinking of doing this on a very large scale for my dining room chandalier. Hmmm.…

    Thanks for the great idea!

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    Thursday October 13th, 2011 at 03:42 AM

    o looks awesome!!!

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    Thursday October 13th, 2011 at 05:07 PM

    Oh my goodness. This just brought back great memories of making these with my mom when I was a little girl. I had totally forgot about them. We just used construction paper back then so they were not near as cute as yours.

    Thanks for the great memory!!!

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    Desiree @ The 36th Avenue
    Thursday October 13th, 2011 at 08:13 PM


    I love them! I’ll be featuring them on Saturday during STICKER time!

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    Saturday October 15th, 2011 at 04:30 AM

    I remember these! Loved making them as a kid…thanks for reminding me of this fun and easy craft. : )

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    Saturday October 15th, 2011 at 04:01 PM

    Oh! I love these!! I’ve actually been wanting to make some paper lanterns with my boys, but I may have to make these for ME! :)

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    Saturday October 15th, 2011 at 04:56 PM

    Absolutely beautiful! I love these. how perfect would these be for like a date or even a fun dinner party. Thanks for sharing and linking up:>

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    Sunday October 16th, 2011 at 12:50 AM

    these are the most adorable candle lanterns ever! perfectly charming :)

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    Sunday October 16th, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    I just found your blog through…. I am so glad that I stopped by for a visit:)).….
    you have such a beautiful blog and your paper lanterns look lovely:).…
    the follower button is not working right now, I will try later:)).…

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    Cathy @My 1929 Charmer
    Sunday October 16th, 2011 at 02:28 PM

    What a great idea, how did you ever come up with this? When I seen the photo I thought it would be difficult, but it really isn’t. I’ve got to make these. I’d love it if you would link this to my new Sunday’s Best Link party starting today at 9:30. This needs to be shared.

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    Monday October 17th, 2011 at 05:15 AM

    These rock! You rock! Great idea, thanks for the how-to. :)

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    Jenny @ Simcoe Street
    Monday October 17th, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Wow! So pretty!


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    Monday October 17th, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    These paper lanterns look fantastic and you made them look so simple!! :o)

    Please feel free to link them up to my Make Yourself Monday blog hop!

    For Love of Cupcakes

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    Monday October 17th, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    We used to make those for Christmas and hang them up in rows on string! Never thought of putting tea lights in them! What a great idea!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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    Monday October 17th, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    These are gorgeous.. love the delicate paper you chose to make them with! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party!
    Hope you stop by and enter my giveaway for a chance to win up to $100 in mdf craft goodies @

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    Tuesday October 18th, 2011 at 03:51 AM

    Love these, great job! I am going to be featuring you this week at my party. It will be up this Tuesday evening:)

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    make handmade
    Tuesday October 18th, 2011 at 05:55 AM

    Great tutorial! i love it, thanks for sharing.

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    Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims
    Wednesday October 19th, 2011 at 02:05 AM

    Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog tonight! Come check it out and grab a button :)

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    Erin @ Stumbling Tongues
    Wednesday October 19th, 2011 at 05:53 AM

    Love this! So simple, yet so pretty. Thanks for the inspiration, Vanessa!

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    Candace @ Candace Creations
    Thursday October 20th, 2011 at 04:36 AM

    these are great! thanks for linking up to scrappy satrudays! You are being featured this coming weekend so come on back to check it out and grab a button if you like :)

    Can’t to see what you link up next!


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    Thursday October 20th, 2011 at 02:45 PM

    aahhh yes…forgot all about this trust old pattern for lanterns…they are so beautiful and I think I will do some for my Christmas Table! Thanks for the reminder..


    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

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    Katalina Jewelry
    Sunday October 23rd, 2011 at 04:29 AM

    I love these! Thanks for sharing!

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    SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime
    Sunday October 23rd, 2011 at 05:42 AM

    Hi! I featured this here, pinned on Pinterest and posted on fb. Thanks for linking up at the Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop :)

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    Galexi Cupcakes
    Thursday November 17th, 2011 at 05:15 PM

    Hi, I found your wonderful blog through Tip Junkie and I was searching for a fun project/craft to make with my Girl Scouts and saw these paper lanterns. I love it and will definitely incorporate at my meeting tomorrow. Running to Hobby Lobby to get some paper and electric tea lights. Thanks for sharing. Jackie

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    Tuesday January 24th, 2012 at 07:04 PM

    These are so cute! I’ve been looking for a fun, inexpensive way to dress up the candles for our July 4th themed wedding! This is perfect! Thank you for sharing your creativity. I also downloaded the July 4th themed bunting that you shared. They will work perfectly.

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    Wednesday March 14th, 2012 at 03:04 AM

    I loved doing this DIY project! I am going to have these all over my apartment. I have a lot of scrapbook paper and I found that they work great! I do not have tea light candles at the moment so I put a little scented candle in mine!

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    Tuesday July 24th, 2012 at 04:53 PM

    Hi! I made these yesterday and loved the effect! Thank you for sharing the tutorial :)

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday July 27th, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      Thank you so much, Neelu! I’m so happy to hear you liked making the lanterns! :)
      Have a wonderful weekend!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Found you on pinterest. Had a group of girls we were trying to teach confidence to. Used the lanterns to teach them that their lights (talents, strengths, personalities) can shine from within. Great project to go with it! Thanks!

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      Have a fabulous weekend!
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