Thursday, April 24, 2008

Paper Lantern Decorations

Paper decorations are an inexpensive way to decorate for a party or festive occasion or even if you just want to add some cheeriness to a room. These lanterns look like traditional Chinese lanterns but don't put any type of light inside of them. They would be extremely flammable.

What you need:

Bright, eye catching paper
A ruler
Adhesive tape
A pencil
A piece of string, yarn, thread, etc.


Fold the paper in half, along it's length. Make sure when you fold it, the decorative side faces outwards.

Make folds 2 cm from the long edges (note in picture below). Open out the 2cm folds, leaving a crease.

Cut strips every 2 cm wide as far as the fold. (I used a pencil to mark off the lines to cut) Be sure not to cut all of the way to the edge.

Open the paper so that its plain side is facing you. Spread a small amount of glue all the way along one of the end strips.

Bend the paper into a tube and press the two end strips together.

Using adhesive tape, loop a length of thread across the top of the lantern. This way, you will be able to hang it up wherever you like.

1 comment:

JMom said...

What a cool idea! My daughter was sitting next to me while I was checking out your DB challenge and this caught her eyes. She is now making paper lanters. Next she wants to do the fish from coffee filters. :D

You have great ideas. We'll be back for more.
JMom @