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I saw these beautiful papier-mâché lace lamps over at the Dos Family blog and instantly fell in love. With my friend Cassie’s baby shower coming up, I decided to make a pair of my own to decorate the house with. Here's how to make them:

What you will need:

A bag of standard sized balloons
String and tape (to hang your balloons)
Pieces of lace or doilies (I needed about 3 yards for both balloons)
Wallpaper glue (I used Golden Harvest)
A medium sized paint brush
Newspapers (or something else to protect your crafting surface)
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Step 1: Prepping your supplies

If you aren’t using doilies, cut out pieces of lace – I found half and quarter circles work best.

Mix up your wallpaper glue (you can buy this in any hardware store, I got mine at Ace) according to it’s instructions. The Golden Harvest brand has a specific papier-mâché water to powder mixture, so use that!

Step 2: Covering your balloons

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Blow up balloons to the size that you want your lanterns, and hang them so that they are suspended in air. Lay a piece of lace down and cover it with a thick layer of wallpaper glue.

Continue doing this, making sure your lace pieces overlap each other, until there is just a small opening left on top. Let it dry for at least half a day.

Step 3: Pop your balloons

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Once the lantern is completely dry, pop your balloon with a pin! You may need to gently coax the balloon off of your lantern if it doesn’t have one big initial pop (which happened to mine). This may cause the lantern to cave into itself a bit, but don’t worry, once the balloon is fully out you can take a pencil and push the concave parts right back out.

That’s it! Take a bit of wire or string and hang your lace lantern to add a beautiful touch to any room.

These are very pretty, I want to make a set that are lanterns that actually light up, I have the small lights already, will great in my studio space & for a display at evening shows this summer. Endless possibilities!

StevensenL6 months ago


crafty161 year ago

OK I tried this & it caved in & I couldn't get the balloon to pop. Don't you have to grease the balloon with vaseline or something 1st?

rocklocker1 year ago
Those are beautiful, they remind me of lanterns my mom made out of kite string soaked in sugar water, wrapped around balloons and left to dry. I think I will try it with wallpaper glue and see how it works.
ilikecory1 year ago
what do you do if you don't have wallpaper glue
Diluted PVA works fine.
Very pretty. Was the last picture your inspiration or did you make those too?
dianaw4 years ago
These are great!
That shop window looks wonderful. I want to make "curtains" out of them. ;-)
sunshiine4 years ago
I love this idea! Thanks for sharing your hard work and great talent!
ChrysN4 years ago
Nice, that last picture in step looks really cool, you should use that as the intro picture.