There may still be snow on the ground in some places (I’m looking at you, Boston), but spring will be here before you know it. And that means -- patio season!
New England winters have trained me to take advantage of every available moment of spring and summer weather, so I am always looking for easy ways to make my tiny driveway patio cuter. That’s where these DIY Mud Cloth Paper Lanterns come in. They’re on-trend, inexpensive, and wicked easy. Keep reading to see how to make them for yourself!
If you live under a rock and haven't encountered mud cloth before, it's a gorgeous historical method of fabric dyeing from Mali that's been all the rage on Pinterest for a few years. Not only are mud cloth designs beautiful in their graphic minimalism, their basic shapes and repeat patterns are a cinch to replicate (even if you are one of those people like me who insists they can't draw!).
So, browse a couple of reference images for inspiration, grab a paint pen and a set of paper lantern string lights, and get crafting!
- Paper lantern string lights (make sure the globes are really made of paper, not fabric)
- Black paint pen
- A sheet of cardboard or cardstock, for practice and blotting
Practice drawing some simple patterns on your scrap of cardboard. You can use your inspiration images as a guide, or copy the shapes I've drawn here.
When you feel ready to draw on the lantern, blot the paint pen on the cardboard to make sure the flow isn't too heavy, then begin transferring your patterns to the lantern.
Continue to build up the patterns on the lantern. Let your creativity run wild!
You may find that the paint bleeds a tiny bit in some places -- don't fret! This only adds to the rustic, handmade look of mud cloth.
Keep going until you are satisfied with the lantern. Then move on to the next!
And that's it! Now wasn't that easy?
Are you just as pumped for spring as I am? What projects are you working on to get ready for warmer weather?
Loving this easy DIY? Check out these other mud cloth projects you can make!