Easy Paper Lanterns




Introduction: Easy Paper Lanterns

Need a simple way to dress up a bedroom or patio?

Step 1: Supplies

  1. 12x12in scrapbook paper (makes 4 lanterns)
  2. Cutting mat
  3. Ruler
  4. Utility or X-acto knife
  5. Scissors
  6. Pencil
  7. Glue
  8. Tea (optional, but highly recommended)

Step 2: Marking and Cutting

Mark horizontal lines at 1.5, 4.5, 6, 7.5, and 10.5 inches.

Mark vertical lines every 1/2 in (I usually skip this step and just cut slits using the gridlines on my mat).

Cut vertical slits in the 3in spaces as shown.

Cut into 4 squares of 6x6 in.

Remove the first slit and save for later. Crease the top and bottom flaps halfway between the first two marks.

Step 3: Lantern Body

Apply glue as shown and create a cylinder.

Make a 1/2in slit on the top and bottom edges - this will help when folding them over.

Fold the edges inward and squish to create a rounded shape.

Step 4: Create Handle

Fold the piece saved from earlier in half.

Fold edges inward to the crease.

Attach handle halfway down the inside of the lantern edges.

Step 5: Ta-da!

Enjoy your new lanterns! I strung mine on some LED lights and hung them on my back porch, but some rope or ribbon would look great too. :)

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    5 years ago

    Very nice! These looks simple and excellent, and pretty easy to make. Thanks for sharing :)


    Reply 5 years ago

    You're very welcome!