WOW #166: Paper Lantern Project

24 Apr

I don’t know about you, but I am getting really anxious for some warm evenings.  Unfortunately, I think I have a long wait ahead of me.  So, to appease myself, I’m working on some fun summer-ish projects and I’d love to share one of them with you!

I love sitting outside in my backyard during the summertime, enjoying a warm campfire…but when a fire isnt’ possible, I love the soft glow of lanterns around the yard.


Now, these little lanterns aren’t going to hold up outside, but they sure would be cute to decorate for a party.  Plus, they are simple enough that even the kids could help you make a bunch of them!  Here’s how:

1.  Gather supplies:  score board and tool, paper cutter, 6×6 paper, ribbon, strong adhesive, stapler


2.  Choose two coordinating 6×6 papers (these are from Basic Grey’s “Hipster” pad)


3.  Choose one paper for the lantern and score at 3″ and fold in half.


4.  With the paper folded in half, cut every 1/2.”  Be sure to cut through the folded portion, but leave about 1/2″ of uncut paper at the bottom (the opening) of the folded piece.


5.  Open the cut paper and roll it as shown.  Overlap the two ends and staple to secure.


6.  Now cut a piece of ribbon for the handle.  I used about 5 inches.  Staple to the inside of the lantern top.


6.  Next, cut three strips (3/4″ x 6″) from the coordinating paper.


7.  Add strong adhesive to the back side of the three strips.


8.  Wrap the first strip around the top of the lantern.


9.  Now wrap the second strip around the bottom of the lantern.


10.  To finish the lantern, add the third strip to the inside of the top.  This will cover the staples and the ribbon ends. :)


See how easy?  And so cute!  They are darling with little battery operated lights sitting in the bases.  Can you picture several lined up on a mantle?  Or how about a few hanging garland-style?  Have you ever made lanterns like these?  If you decide to give them a try, we’d love to see your version!

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Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! I am going to make some!




Sometimes I could kick myself for not thinking out of my comfort zone and trying something unique like these lanterns. Adorable.

Taunya Butler
Taunya Butler

Wendy Sue always does the best tutorials! Her ideas are always so great and I come away feeling as if I could make the project too! Thanks for this great project idea – wouldn’t these be great for on the patio during a graduation party?!? Making them with Doodlebug’s new graduation papers would just simply make them amazing!!!!

Wendy Sue Anderson
Wendy Sue Anderson

aw, thank you Taunya - your compliment is so sweet and so appreciated! :) You're right - these would be very fun for a graduation party! If you do it, I'd love to see photos!! :)