Fall-Inspired Paper Lantern Tutorial

Paper lanterns evoke a soft and enchanting feeling. They're beautiful as stand alone party decorations, but can also be enhanced to suit any theme or holiday by simply adding a few embellishments. For these autumn-inspired lanterns, we added fall-colored faux flowers, but you can also use real leaves or even fresh flowers.

(Image: Lucy Akins)
(Image: Lucy Akins)

Things You'll Need

  • Paper lantern

  • Faux fall flowers or leaves

  • Hot glue

  • Scissors

  • String

Step 1

Separate the flowers from their stems by pulling them off or using scissors to cut them off.

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Step 2

Cut the tips off from each flower.

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Step 3

Place a drop of hot glue under the flower.

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Step 4

Press the flower onto the lantern to attach.

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Step 5

Continue gluing the flowers in an organic manner around lantern.

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To ensure the lantern is balanced, glue larger flowers at the top and the bottom equally.

Step 6

Take some of the leaves from the bunch and cut in half.

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Step 7

Glue leaves randomly under the flowers for more interest.

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Step 8

Tie a string onto the top of the lantern and hang.

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(Image: Lucy Akins)

You can use a single lantern or place several in a row or as a grouping for a gorgeous focal point for your event.