May 20

Homemade Paper Lantern DIY

I saw a window of paper lanterns at an art store last year and I have been wanting to try my hand at them. Below, you’ll find tutorials for 4 different kinds of paper lanterns. They can be hung up for a party or strung across the backyard patio. I like the variety of all the shapes and sizes, it makes it look like a big festive party.

Click through for instructions.

Materials: Construction Paper, Quick Dry Tacky Glue, Scissors, String, Flat Wooden Sticks

Square Paper Lantern
Step 1: Tape four wooden sticks together to make a square – repeat (you’ll need two.)
Step 2: Measure the length of your four sticks and cut paper so that it is long enough to wrap around.
Step 3: Glue the outside of the four wooden sticks to the paper – you’ll want to do the top and bottom at the same time.
Step 4: Glue the outside seam of the paper together.
Step 5: Decorate to your liking.
Step 6: Attach String and hang!
Wide Cylinder Paper Lantern
Step 1: Cut out a large rectangle shape.
Step 2: Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise.
Step 3: Measure and mark every 3 inches along the fold.
Step 4: At these markings, cut 3/4 of the way up the paper.
Step 5: In between each of these cuts, alternate between cutting a fringe and not.
Step 6: Unfold the paper and glue it into the cylinder shape.
Step 7: Pull the fringed sections outward, and push in the other sections.
Step 8: Decorate however you like.
Step 9: Attach string and hang!

Triangle Paper Lantern
Step 1: Cut the thin wooden sticks down so there are two 7-inch sticks, four 5-inch sticks, and one 3-inch stick.
Step 2: Glue two 7-inch sticks together to make a “+” sign.
Step 3: Glue the 3-inch stick vertically in the middle of the “+.”
Step 4: Lean a 5-inch stick from one end of the base to the top of the vertical stick in the middle. Glue into place. Repeat with the remaining 5-inch sticks.
Step 5: Allow glue to dry completely.
Step 6: Cut out several thin strips of paper.
Step 7: Wrap this paper horizontally around the sticks and glue in place.
Step 8: Cover the leaning 5-inch sticks of wood vertically with a long strip of paper. Glue in place on the top and the bottom.
Step 9: Leave as is, or cover with crepe paper fringe.
Step 10:  Attach string and hang!

Thin Cylinder Paper Lantern
Step 1: Cut out a small rectangle shape.
Step 2: Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise.
Step 3: Cut 3/4 of the way up the paper and fringe the entire folded rectangle.
Step 4: Unfold and glue the ends together. Set aside.
Step 5: Cut another small rectangle and glue it together lengthwise so it creates a thin cylinder.
Step 6: Place this thin cylinder inside of the already fringed cylinder.
Step 7: Push both sides of the fringed cylinder down so the fringe pops out. Glue in Place.
Step 8: Decorate however you like.
Step 9: Attach string and hang!

Photography by  Aubrey Trinnaman
for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Stacy Wichelhaus
Crafting by Jessica Heywood

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