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Decorative Paper Lantern

These cute little lanterns are perfect for so many things, you can never get enough of them.

Make them into little pumpkins for Halloween. Or hang them in wonderful spring colours from branches with your Easter eggs. Make in snowy white and silver and add beads and bells for festive wintry place cards for a winter wedding. Or string together into a wonderful garland …or…or… We could go on but will up to you and your imagination.

Most paper will work great, though try to avoid very thin paper. Using old music paper or wallpaper would make some lovely lanterns too.

The pdf template included makes a 6-7 cm diameter lantern, but you can just follow the instruction and make them any size you wish – though the bigger they are, the more strips you will need.

You will need:

  • decorative lantern template pdf (68kb)
  • Paper
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Ruler
  • A hole punch (you could use a pin or similar but a hole punch makes it neat and easy)
  • Brass paper fasteners (The lantern can be put together without but paper fasteners make it quick and easy)
  • String
  • Beads and sequins (optional)
  • Wire or raffia (for the pumpkin lanterns)
  • Green card (for the pumpkin lanterns)


  • Cut out the 15 strips of your chosen paper.
  • Next stack all strips and perforate each end with a hole punch approx 5mm in and secure both ends together with a paper fastener.
  • Now, fan strips out to create a 3-D shape. It may initially look at little wonky but will quickly correct itself. Just wait and see. Twist out each strip individually in order from bottom to top of paper strip stack.
  • Wrap string round one brad to make a loop for hanging.

Pumpkin Lanterns and Place cards:
If making pumpkins, make the lantern in orange coloured paper and from the leaf pdf make green leaves Attach these with a bit of green twisted wire or raffia to the end of one brad. To turn them into place cards simply write names on the leaf.

Download Decorative Paper Lantern craft idea in pdf format (81kb)

Decorative Paper Lantern

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