Let There Be Light

Looking for a cute way to pretty up your living room or kids' playroom? Here are some great DIY lantern ideas to try this weekend.

Paper lanterns

Whether you want to add a bit of individuality to your home or you're decorating for a baby shower or a kids' party, these lanterns make a beautiful addition to any space. You'll simply need a few basic materials, a couple of free hours on the weekend and a bit of creativity!

Paper lanterns

Materials:

  • Store-bought round paper lanterns
  • Tissue paper — experiment with different colours (we love pastels!) or patterns
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape

Method: 

  1. Assemble the paper lanterns so they form large balls.
  2. Cut the tissue paper into semi-circle shapes, as large or small as you like. (We cut them about 8 centimetres in diameter.)
  3. Next, consider your design. You can either choose to decorate each lantern in a different colour (pastel blue, pink and yellow lanterns look lovely together), or mix and match the colours on each lantern.
  4. Cut pieces of double-sided tape and attach to the straight edges of the tissue paper semi-circles. Stick the semi-circles onto the lanterns (straight edge at the top), starting from the bottom and working around the lantern until you reach the very top. Make sure the whole lantern is covered.
  5. The end result should look like a globe of gorgeous petals floating in the breeze

Note: Alternatively, instead of using tissue paper, you can cut round paper doilies in half (available from discount stores) and attach them to the lantern for a quaint feel.

Glass jar lanterns

Materials:

  • Empty glass jars (washed thoroughly)
  • Tealights
  • Wire
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape

Method:

  1. Place a tealight inside each of the glass jars.
  2. Wrap the wire tightly around the ridges of the top of the jar, then form a loop to hang.
  3. Cut out a rectangle-shaped piece of tissue paper that will fit around the outside of the jar.
  4. Cut the tape and stick the tissue paper strip onto the bottom half of the jar side so you can't see the tealight inside.
  5. Sit the lantern on a table and light the tealight. If you choose to hang your lantern up, ensure the wire is wrapped strongly enough so the jar won't fall.

Caterpillar lantern for kids

This is a great idea for decorating a kids' party or playroom.

Materials:

  • Six or seven different coloured paper lanterns
  • Stiff coloured cardboard
  • Double-sided tape
  • Permanent marker

Method:

  1. Hang the lanterns side by side to form the caterpillar's body and head. If you're feeling extra crafty, you can tie each at a slightly different height so it looks like the caterpillar is walking.
  2. Cut out two long pieces of the cardboard to form the caterpillar's antennae and stick them to the top of the front lantern with the tape.
  3. Draw two big eyes (and maybe a nose and a smiling mouth) with the permanent marker on the front of the caterpillar's head. You could even hand the pen to your kids and let them get creative with freckles, glasses and other funny facial features.

Note: You can make the caterpillar as long or as short as you like. Get crazy and fill the roof with his body — the kids will love it!

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