How to Make Paper Lanterns

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    Paper lanterns emit a lovely, soft glow that can really add an ambiance to a room. Typically seen around celebrations of the Chinese New Year, lanterns also have become a popular light fixture. Let your home bask in their glow with this simple project.

    Things You'll Need

    • Paper
    • Scissors

    How to Make a Simple Paper Lantern

    Fold a piece of paper lengthwise and make a sharp crease. Use scissors to cut along the folded edge, starting and stopping about an inch away from the edges. Make as many cuts as you like, but be sure to make them evenly.

    Unfold the paper. If you wish to add designs to the lantern, do so now. Consider gluing strips of ribbon down each cut-out, or paint a picture on the paper to add a different look.

    Roll the lantern together, gluing the 1-inch edges together. Hold them in place with two paper clips until the project dries. Measure a length of a ribbon or fishing line and glue it to the top of the lantern so it can be hung.

    Measure the diameter of your lantern and cut out a matching piece of thin cardboard. Be sure to include small tabs that you can glue to the lantern. Allow the project to dry again.

    Place a small tap light with batteries on the cardboard base and turn it on. Consider making a few more lanterns to hang around your home, adding a little international flavor to your decor.

    • Give your project time to dry before you hang it up so that it doesn't rip.
    • Add flair to your lantern by gluing a decorative fabric to the paper before you start folding and cutting it.
    • Consider adding a handmade or store-bought beaded fringe to the bottom of the lamp for a more festive look.
    • This lantern is not designed for use with a candle.
    • Avoid leaving a paper lantern unattended, even if it's not being lit by a candle.
    • Don't use decorations that can't withstand ambient heat, or else your hard work might melt!