{DIY paper lanterns}

October 11, 2011

{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 1/4″ — 1/2″ overlap.
  2. Fold the paper in half.
  3. Cut a series of straight lines in the paper, cutting over the fold, about 1/4″ — 1/2″ apart. Make sure to stop about 1 1/2″ 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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  1. These look beautiful! What a fun little craft!

  2. A Pretty Life in the Suburbs says:

    How beautiful and fun!

  3. Lindsay @ Delighted Momma says:

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

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


  5. Angela Lynn says:

    So pretty! Love it :)

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

  7. shopannies says:

    such a dressed up look what a great decoration come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  8. The Partiologist says:

    What great paper lanterns — perfect for any occasion!

  9. Awesome lanterns!!!

  10. Shabby chic Sandy says:

    So pretty and easy–thanks for sharing!

  11. Pounds4Pennies says:

    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!

  12. o looks awesome!!!

  13. 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!!!

  14. Desiree @ The 36th Avenue says:


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

  15. T.@WhatWeKeep says:

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

  16. 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! :)

  17. 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:>

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

  19. I just found your blog through http://annemarieshaakblog.blogspot.com/.…. 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:)).…

  20. Cathy @My 1929 Charmer says:

    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.

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

  22. Jenny @ Simcoe Street says:
  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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 @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/10/mr-woody-giveaway-win-up-to-100-in.html

  26. Ashley@EisyMorgan says:

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

  27. make handmade says:

    Great tutorial! i love it, thanks for sharing.

  28. Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims says:

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

  29. Erin @ Stumbling Tongues says:

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

  30. Candace @ Candace Creations says:

    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!


  31. 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

  32. Katalina Jewelry says:

    I love these! Thanks for sharing!

  33. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime says:

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

  34. Galexi Cupcakes says:

    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

  35. 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.

  36. 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!

  37. Hi! I made these yesterday and loved the effect! Thank you for sharing the tutorial :)
    Neelu recently posted..Ramadan Journal: Day 5: Yearning ForMy Profile

  38. Perfect for an elegant, inexpensive wedding reception centerpiece. Thanks

  39. 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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