I've been on a serious wallpaper crafting roll lately, and the DIY fest continues with these easy-to-make lanterns that offer big impact with minimal effort. I love them grouped in a vignette, as seen above, but they're equally special alone.
This idea comes courtesy of this Sweet Paul Magazine Paper Lantern DIY that I found online (thank you, Paul[s]!)—they looked so sweet and simple, I couldn't pass them up! I chose to make mine with Foret (Gold) because the colorway feels like autumn to me, but any pattern with a small repeat would work well. BONUS: These lanterns would crank up the festive vibes for many occasions all year round!
1. Exacto knife
2. Cutting pad
3. Wallpaper scraps
4. Double-sided tape
6. Paper towel tube
1. Cut out rectangles of paper. I cut mine about 5" to 7” long and 7” wide for the inner layer, and 6”to 9" long and 7” wide for the outer layer.
2. Wrap the inner layer around a paper towel tube and seal with double-sided tape.
3. Cut strips with an Exacto knife in the outer layer wallpaper keeping .5” to 1" at the top and the bottom uncut. The width of the strips can vary.
4. Attach the top and the bottom of the outer layer to the inner layer using double-sided tape.
5. Cut out a handle and glue it to the inside of your lantern.
6. Display as is...
7. or add a battery-operated candle inside (do not use real candles!).
I love how bright and festive these look any time of the year, but especially during the holidays and the darker, colder months! I took mine down to the ping pong barn room at the farm in preparation for some post-Thanksgiving meal game time.