How to make Paper Lanterns

Now that Spring is here (finally!) I get to post about some of my most favorite things ever…. Lovely weather, outdoor weddings and DIY projects.  First up, how to make paper lanterns! I love these illuminated lovelies and the many things they can be used for. Hung from a tree or a tent or even used as part of your centerpieces, there is so much they can bring to the table. Literally.

The paper lanterns themselves are very inexpensive, and strung or hung even just as they are will make your space truly beautiful.

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But if you are looking for something a bit different, want to complement your theme or add a personal flair, here are some great ideas on how to do just that.

Isn’t this seriously lovely? The ladies over at Ruffled share the DIY behind this beautiful and expensive looking lantern. You won’t believe how easy it is. First start with a plain paper lantern from Luna Bazaar or Paper Lantern Store (cheapest you will find) then pop on over to Ruffled to see how this doily paper lantern was created.

This next DIY paper lantern is for the budget bride who wants a bit more color and has a bit more time to make her lanterns. It’s truly one of the prettiest DIY wedding projects I’ve ever seen. It’s. Just. Gorgeous. Head on over to Green Wedding Shoes for the full tutorial.

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Ruffled, ruched and really pretty! Look at these party poms made with 12 inch lanterns, coffee filters and coffee or food coloring. The tutorial is really detailed complete with step by step pics and videos. It’s how to make paper lanterns made EASY via Lilyshop.

how to make paper lanterns

how to make paper lanterns



These are darling and come with a detailed tutorial from CraftyNest. I especially like the pom pom lantern, it adds just a touch of texture and whimsy to the plain white lantern and everything you need can be found at a craft store. This is another DIY wedding project for you budget brides with a bit more time and perhaps patience.



I feel like I love this next one a little toooo much. The pop of color against the stark white lantern hanging in the trees – what’s not to love? And you only need a handful of items to create this little beautiful and budget friendly flower paper lantern:
Tissue paper
Flower stamens (You can get these in the baking section of any craft store)
Hot Glue
And voila – instant gorgeous! And not to mention super budget friendly, probably less than $2 for each one. Thank you Studio DIY for this lantern lovely.

how to make paper lanterns

Note how none of them even *need* lights – they are gorgeous as is! Hopefully these simple but lovely DIY lanterns projects give you some creative and unique ideas for your wedding/reception decor space.
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Photo credits: LunaBazaar.comFrench Basketeer, Paper Lantern Store