Being an avid scrapbooker, I just love hands-on paper crafts. There are so many wonderful, decorative papers to choose from. Step into any craft or scrapbooking store and wander the aisles to discover an endless array of lovely themes and whimsical patterns priced under a $1.00 and perfect for making these easy hand crafted paper lanterns.
First of all, when constructing paper lanterns, decide on an occasion for this unique craft. Then, choose your patterned paper based upon your special event. I love Halloween and so I selected a 12 by 12 piece of paper speckled with skeleton heads. But you can also purchase holiday paper for a Christmas party, spring patterns for Easter, beach scenes for summer affairs, sports themes for boys, princess designs for girls, and much more.
Once you have chosen your theme and your corresponding 12 by 12 craft paper, you are ready to create chic paper lanterns, that you can string across a party room or use as a one of a kind centerpiece. Do not, however, place a tea light or other type of candle within the lantern as that can cause a fire and bodily harm. But, you may want to consider placing one of those battery operated dome night lights in your lantern for a soft, illuminated affect. Or you can generously stuff your lantern with some shimmering tinsel to create the illusion of light.
Now, fold the 12 by 12 paper in half with a sharp crease. Then, every inch or so along that crease, cut a 3 inch slit. Once the paper is cut, unfold it and then tape or staple the ends together. Next, using a 12 by 2 inch strip of corresponding colored card stock paper, make and then adhere a handle to your homemade lantern.
This adorable paper lantern craft is so simple; your children will absolutely love to participate. And your kids can use the lanterns as props in imaginative play. Consider making lanterns at your next playdate or Girl Scout or Boy Scout meeting. You can also organize this craft to do at your next birthday, Halloween or holiday party. And using some harvest themed papers for these lanterns make for a great Thanksgiving centerpiece. This is also a fantastic project to do in a classroom or even at Sunday school. And to really add some pizzazz, encourage the children to embellish the lanterns with lace, tassels, ribbon, sequins, glitter and rhinestones!