Tuesday, September 27, 2011

How To Tuesday-Paper Lanterns

This is the first project I have attemped on my Fall To-Do craft list! 

  • Paper or Cardstock
  • Ruler
  • Hole Punch
  • Twine
  • Buttons
  • Tape
Step 1: Cut the paper or cardstock in strips about 1 inch wide.  I used 15 9" strips to make my lantern.  Different lengths and number of strips will produce different size lanterns so experiment! You will need fewer strips for shorter strips and more for longer lengths.  Punch a hole in each end of each strip of paper.

Step 2:  Thread twine through the holes in one end of the strips then tape the end to secure.  This will be the bottom of your lantern.  The paper side you want on the outside of the lantern should be the side you tape the twine. 

Step 3:  Thread the twine through the other end of the stack of strips so the twin runs along the inside of your stack of strips.  Pull the thread tight so the strips bow out.

Step 4:  Thread the twine through the button on the top and tie a bow with the twine.  The twine should be tight with the paper bowed out.

Step 5:  Fan the strips in a circle to finish your lantern!

Step 6:  Hang the lantern anywhere you please for a little added touch.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks, I've been wanting to make these. Now I've pinned you to my 'Try This' board on Pinterest, so I know where the instructions are. I found you on Inspire Me Fridays.