Outdoor Decor: 5 Beautiful DIY Paper Lantern Projects

By: Craftmel Jun 21, 2011

I know what you are thinking: paper and outdoors?? Well, perhaps not permanantly, but for those non-rainy summer gatherings, you will want your outdoors do be as fun and welcoming as your indoors. Paper is inexpensive, comes in a bazillion varieties, and makes a big impact! Here's a big tip: start with a ready-made paper lantern and gussy it up a bit!      

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1. Belinda at the Happy Home Blog used doilies to make this stunning statement,above.

2. Martha takes a page from Belinda's book by covering lanterns with colored tissue paper for an entirely different effect. (Top image)

3. Craftynest spruced up her paper lanterns with white flowers and pom-pom fringe.

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4. If you aren't into round lanterns, how about square? This project from Blush and Bashful  is simply paper bags with flair.

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5. Lastly, this lighted pennant garland from Once Wed is another fun way to change up typical string lights around the patio.

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Hopefully these cheap and easy DIY's will get you in the mood for a little summer socializing. You know you want to host a party now...

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Love it. Is exactly what I was look for, i will use to decorte my store.

Love this one. It is inspiring and helpful. I am going to make small lanterns with crape papers.

This is a unique idea..love this one!  

Descobri seu site está semana, e estou adorando, é cheio de idéias maravilhosas. Obrigada!!!!!!!!

it is beautiful, i have just started to make some lampshade , i use leather for that now i can see i can use paper as well ....thanks to share it

This is very inspiring.  I made my own version of the Martha Stewart paper tissue lantern by using only dollar store materials.  It turned out great! 

oo, paper: inspiring and fun, poetic and ever-romantic <3 @Jace, thanks for the b & b link

Love this! Thanks for sharing; there are a few here that I've never seen or thought of. I've been a huge fan of paper lanterns for years and seem to always end up finding an appropriate way to incorporate them into my events.  They are fun, airy and inexpensive - triple threat! 

Thanks for the heads up, Jace.  All fixed now!

This is maybe completely unnecessary but the links in this post aren't working for me - and I had a bit of trouble locating the Blush and Bashful blog since it appears there are like forty of them (lots of makeup companies!) so I thought I'd post the link in case  anyone else is having issues with the link and it's not just my browser :)

http://colorsareblushandbashful.blogspot.com/2010/04/diy-paper-bag-lanterns.html

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