{DIY} Decorative Paper Lantern Tutorial


One of my favorite ways to add a special touch to parties is hanging either pom-poms, garlands, balloons, or paper lanterns from a chandelier or overhang. It instantly turns a simple party table into a roomful of color and pizzazz! These easy to make paper lanterns are perfect for displaying at birthday parties, holidays, and more! Coordinate your colors for your party. Hosting a baby shower? Use light yellow, light blue, or light pink! Birthday party? Try polka dotted or striped tissue for a fun change. The possibilities really are endless.


  • Tissue-paper circles in assorted colors
  • Double-sided tape
  • 14-, 16-, or 18-inch-diameter paper lanterns (light colored lanterns like white work best)

1. Starting at the bottom of the lantern, use small squares of tape to begin attaching tissue-paper disks around the hole, overlapping them.
2. Working toward the top, continue sticking and overlapping disks to cover the lantern.

decorative paper lanterns

Tissue-paper circles, 5 inches, in Pastel and Primary, $6 for 480; hyglossproducts.comWire-frame spherical paper lanterns, from $3.25 each; pearlriver.com. | Tutorial + DIY via Martha Stewart.com

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  1. I am so doing this…at least I hope my niece would want to for her room…so cute!

  2. WrappedCouture says:

    These are so adorable and one idea I will certainly try!

  3. People ask me how to create these all the time! These are super cute! I am definitely going to try to attempt to make them :)

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