Materials:
  • Paper
  • scissors
  • paper cutter is helpful
  • pencil
Step 1: Fold your paper in half the long way.
Step 2: Start cutting into the paper in strips. Do not cut all the way to the end. You can use a paper cutter for this if you desire.
Step 3: Unfold your paper and glue the edge.
Step 4: Glue the two edges together and voila!
Step 5: (optional) Add decoration on the lanterns with additional strips and patterns. We had fun using all the great paper we had to add more color onto them.
Step 6: To make it into a functional lantern where you can add an electric tea light, place the lantern onto a paper and trace the bottom circle.
Step 7: Cut the circle and glue it onto the base of the lantern.
Easy squeezy!
Seriously, these guys are so great, practical, cheap, and add major impact to a space. I’d make them in globs (that’s my word for a lot) so that it’s overwhelming to your guest and you don’t need much more to decorate a space (but in my case I also used globs of garlands because, the more the merrier in a Mad Hatter themed space.)

See the laser-cut looking one above? I’ll be showing how to make that one next week. Hint: it’s not laser cut!

photography in studio by Trisha Zemp
bottom two photos: Natalie Norton 

See more pics from A Midsummer Mingle here, here, here