28 July 2011

How to make a Paper Lantern

Paper Lantern
This is my first tutorial and my first paper lantern I have made. That is my only warning. : )
I saw these pretties on pintrest (my new obsession) I knew I wanted to learn how to make some to use for Lorelei's up coming birthday. I used scrap scrapbook paper I had, so the result isn't too bad with completely uncoordinated paper.
Get your special circle cutter out
You can do circles of any size. I think next time I will do some smaller ones.

First you cut 20 circles of the same size. (I would suggest using more coordinating paper)

Cut out 20 circles
Fold in a triangle
Then fold the circles the circles into equilateral triangles.
Have 20 of these
Pop the folds out just a bit.

Glue together. Note Start with a Circle of 5 not four
-Tape or glue the circles together making a bowl of five. (yes I know this is a bowl of four. I am no Super Mom I was experimenting while chasing two mobile kiddos and by the time I figured out I should use five I forgot to take a picture. Excuses.. Excuses..)

-Once you have your bowl of five make a ring of ten then attach another bowl of five. This sounds confusing, but when you put it together it will just fall in place. 

-Before you completely close it tape securely a pretty ribbon to hang your gorgeous lantern with (I used cooking twine since I was just experimenting.)

Tape and Glue string inside lantern
And Viola you did something crafty! Now I am off to buy some paper that will actually go together. Lorelei's Party is going to be sooo cute!

Hang and enjoy

9 comments:

Brad said...

I saw this ad served up by adwords on your blog for paper lanterns. It looks pretty cool. I may get a bunch to decorate my yard for christmas this year. http://www.culturalintrigue.com/paper-lanterns-wholesale.aspx?gclid=CKPHkMjNpqoCFRIH2godRTh6Wg

Thanks for having the ads on your blog. I see stuff I like there all the time.

Love,
Dad

Mercedes said...

No Problem. Sometimes Google creeps me out with everything they know.....

Annie said...

You make that look so easy :) I will have to try it for sure!

Mercedes said...

Thank you! It is pretty easy or I would have never done it! lol

Lisa said...

Love it! I will have to try that some time!

Kristen Baird said...

So cute! I might just have to make me some of these!

Mercedes said...

Thank you! I am sure your alls will look much cuter!

Chelley N said...

Oooh I LOVE that. I will be making some of those in the future!!!

LadyD said...

I LOVE paper crafts, especially these. They are lovely. Thanks for the visit!