Aunt Peaches made this lovely ruffly lotus lantern using--of all things--cupcake liners. She assures us making one is pretty hard to mess up. The trick is the spacing of the cups, which must be allowed to dry properly.
This particular 36" diameter lantern, required 300 standard muffin cups plus 100 mini muffin cups. To stick 'em in place, Peaches recommends using TACKY glue. For more tips on making your project a successful one, head on over to Peach's place.