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paper lantern project for Make, Grow, Gather

[paper lantern decorated with layers of orange tissue]

I was so happy to be asked to contribute an easy summer project as part of a series over at Make, Grow, Gather. I made some decorated paper lanterns using ones that we had left over from our wedding reception last summer. Remember that childrens craft that involves twisting small squares of tissue paper around the eraser end of a pencil, dipping that in glue and then using them to decorate something, usually a paper plate? I did the same thing, only larger. They turned out looking like flower pomanders, as well as looking a bit more festive. Here is a before and after:

[paper lantern decorated with layers of orange tissue]

· comments [17] · 06-24-2010 · categories:craft ·

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jess // Jun 24, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Oh my goodness! I’ve been searching high and low for a way to decorate the garden attached to our reception hall for our wedding! This is lovely :) Thanks so much for your beautiful and attainable craft-ability!

  • 2 Suzette // Jun 24, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I love this! Your color choices are just terrific. I used to do a lot of decorating for dances and such when my daughter was in high school. I used this technique to make rings for glass bowls for the centerpieces of many banquets. Candlelight filtered through the tissue paper is so pretty. I just made a paper ring and started gluing. So simple…and so effective!

  • 3 Debbie // Jun 24, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Gorgeous – how much light do they throw off though? I have battery lamps like that and they are not very bright – I can only imagine they would be even less with the tissue?

  • 4 megan // Jun 24, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Debbie – Click through to the tutorial, I talk about that and show an image of it at night.

  • 5 NATALIA // Jun 25, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Hi!! I like so much the post of today, its lovely!!!
    I like the colours.
    Good idea.
    Kisses from Spain.

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  • 7 Seanna Lea // Jun 25, 2010 at 8:30 am

    That is gorgeous! I love it.

  • 8 Ellie // Jun 26, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Wowza! Now I need a party to decorate…

  • 9 Adrienne // Jun 26, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Love, love this idea for my wedding next summer!

  • 10 lindalou // Jun 28, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Way cool. Just a great idea.

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  • 12 kimmie // Jul 2, 2010 at 10:44 am

    WOW, those are seriously amazing. I may have to try that sometime!

  • 13 meg // Jul 4, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    love these – esp. the orange – really summery

  • 14 Ruchi // Jul 5, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Lovely! The color is so refreshing.

  • 15 ania @ papercutworks // Jul 7, 2010 at 8:41 am

    So pretty! I do love the bright orange. Super festive…

  • 16 Pam // Jun 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I’ve linked your puffy lantern to two of my Squidoo lenses. These are such fun things to make; appreciate your sharing. Here’s one of the links:

  • 17 Rabab // Oct 30, 2015 at 10:27 am

    i made something similar , but i lit the lamp inside… do check it out here

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