Making Paper Lanterns

Using ordinary construction paper, glue and scissors is all that is needed to design these awesome paper lanterns. Make them as simple or fancy as you choose. Hang your paper lanterns over a strand of lights to give off a beautiful glow in any room. Or use them to decorate for a birthday party or hang around your outdoor deck for an evening get-together. Wherever you choose to display them, you are guaranteed compliments.

Things You'll Need

  • Construction paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Stapler or craft glue
  • Stickers
  • String of clear lights

Instructions

    • 1

      Cut an 8 1/2-inch wide by 11-inch long piece of construction paper in half lengthwise so you have two rectangles that measure 4 1/4 inches wide by 11 inches long. One rectangle will make one lantern.

    • 2

      Fold 1/4 inch along both of the long edges of the rectangle and crease the fold. Unfold the edges. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise so the long edges are together.

    • 3

      Hold the rectangle so the folded edge is facing you. Make cuts through the paper that are approximately 1/4 inch apart. Cut through the fold of the paper to 1/2 inch of the other long edge of the folded paper. Do not cut all the way through to the other long edge.

    • 4

      Unfold the paper. Bring the short ends of the paper together so the middle crease faces out and you form a tube. Overlap the short ends of the paper and staple or glue to hold them together. This forms a lantern. Repeat steps 2 through 4 with the remaining piece of paper to form another lantern.

    • 5

      Cut two 4-inch-wide by 11-inch-long strips out of a piece of construction paper. These are the handles for the lanterns by which you will hang them. Staple or glue one end of a strip of paper to each side of a lantern. Repeat on the other lantern.

    • 6

      Decorate your lanterns with stickers if desired. Hang the string of lights wherever you wish. Hang one lantern over each light.

Tips & Warnings

  • Experiment with various types of paper found at a local craft store.
  • Use colored paper or paper with a design already on it.
  • Use string to hang the lanterns by punching a hole on each side of the top of the lantern and tying a piece of string to make a loop.
  • Do not leave on overnight or unattended as the lights could get hot against the paper.
  • Use cool lights so the paper lanterns don't get too hot.
Related Searches

Resources

  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images

You May Also Like

  • How to Make Round Paper Lanterns

    Paper lanterns make wonderful party decorations. You can make your own round paper lanterns using a paper mache technique. Instead of using...

  • How to Make Flying Paper Lanterns

    Flying lanterns float into the sky when heated by an open flame in the same manner as a hot-air balloon. Launched in...

  • How to Build a Flying Lantern

    Use heavy paper/file folder to create a template for the shape of the flame-resistant paper. Cut the template into a shape that...

  • How to Make Ice Lanterns

    Ice lanterns create a beautiful look when the weather outside turns cold. What a wonderful way to welcome your guests on a...

  • How to Make a Traditional Paper Lantern

    Teach children about Chinese culture by having them create a traditional paper lantern. Use this craft as a hands-on extension activity when...

  • How to Make a Diwali Paper Lantern

    Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Hindu holiday which celebrates illumination over darkness. A highly anticipated and much...

  • How to Make Paper Star Lanterns

    Star paper lanterns are used for parties, room decorations and window sun catchers. They can be a simple white or solid colored...

  • How to Make Paper Lanterns for Kids

    Paper lanterns make a great craft to do with kids. Different types of paper can be used such as scrapbooking paper, plain...

  • How to Make Paper Chinese Lanterns

    Bright paper lanterns are part of China's annual celebration welcoming in the new lunar year. The lantern festival is held on the...

  • How to Make Wedding Paper Lanterns

    For your wedding use paper lanterns to create a romantic atmosphere. Softly glowing paper lanterns light the way for the bride and...

  • How to Make a Lantern

    While you can buy lanterns in the store, some of the best lanterns are simple and homemade. There are various types of...

  • How to Make Rice Paper Lanterns

    Rice paper lanterns provide a rich glow to any room. You can customize your lantern by using different sizes of bamboo strips...

Related Ads

View Blog Post

DIY Himmeli-Style Christmas Star Tree Topper