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How to Make a Paper Lantern: 11 DIY Paper Lanterns

Homemade paper lanterns make the prettiest DIY paper decorations.

By: Dana Byerwalter, Editor,

Paper lanterns are gorgeous crafts for parties, holidays, and general decor! It is easy to find Chinese paper lanterns and dress them up, and you can find ideas for making your own paper lanterns as well in our collection titled How to Make a Paper Lantern: 11 DIY Paper Lanterns. Paper lanterns are perfect for any season.

You can make them for an outdoor party decoration or an indoor holiday decoration. They are perfect to hang in a nursery or set on the mantel. No matter the occasion, you will fall in love with making paper lanterns once you've finished perusing this collection.

DIY Paper Lanterns

Learn how to make paper lanterns for any occasion! Whether you want to make simple candle wraps and nestle a tea light inside or you're looking for ways to dress up Chinese paper lanterns, you'll find an idea below that you simply need to try.

Holiday Paper Lanterns

Lanterns are excellent DIY home decorations for the holidays. There is nothing like the soft glow of a paper lantern to set a particular mood for the season. The starry paper lantern is just what you need for your Fourth of July party this summer! Along with cool lanterns for birthdays, you can also make a spooky lantern for Halloween or a cozy lantern for Christmas with the ideas you will find below. The cone lanterns listed below mimic party hats, so they will work year-round!

Have you ever made paper lanterns for your parties?
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It has been 40 years since I made a paper lantern. We made orange construction paper lanterns for halloween when I was in elementary school.

I have never made a paper lantern but now I want to!


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