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21 February 2013

How to Make Paper Lanterns Work for You!

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Paper lanterns are cheap beautiful -- a win-win in my book! In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a decorative element that can make as much of an impact for as cheap a price.  Oops paint maybe?  New curtains out of tablecloths?  Maybe.  ...but I am on the paper lantern train and it would take a lot to get me off!  Join me today as I show you how to utilize these inexpensive design tools as a magical wall treatment!

Paper Lanterns Wall Installation

My bedroom is painted a deep green/teal kind of color and for the longest time, I was stumped by the giant expanse of green along our headboard.  I wanted to fill the space with art or photos, but it would be prohibitively expensive to do so.  I made fern canvases which helped, but there was still too much empty space.  So the fern canvases got a new home, and I had an idea to use inexpensive paper lanterns for a fun and whimsical wall installation.  This craft would work perfectly for any home, but with the addition of candles could be the perfect wedding or event display!  Join me today as I show you how to create this look with a few simple supplies and cheap paper lanterns!

Paper Lanterns Wall
The white pops perfectly against the green and the lanterns were the perfect cheap, quick and pretty solution.  If you are working with white walls, you might try the colored lanterns for the same look in the opposite manner.

Supplies needed to make your own paper lantern wall installation:
Installation is simple and only requires a few knots.

1.  Very carefully and gently open the paper lanterns and stretch with the included metal insert.  Be careful!  I broke several.  The eyelet lanterns are particularly fragile.

2.  Work with a partner to determine heights and groupings of the lanterns before hanging.  Odd number groupings work best.

3.  Tie fishing line to the top metal hook of the lantern.

lanterns fishing wire on top 

4.  Wrap the top of the fishing wire around the metal pushpin 5-6 times and secure with a knot.  Test to make sure the height is exactly where you want it.

5.  Insert the clear pushpin directly into the ceiling.  These lanterns are so light that a pushpin in the drywall is plenty to hold them secure (even with candles inside!)

lantern pushpins 

Once the lanterns are hung, take a rest on the bed and look up.  Aren't these fun?

lanterns from below

I wanted to take the whimsy a step further though and make these lanterns twinkle at night.  Real candles would have produced the biggest fire hazard you've ever seen, but flickering LED tea lights?  Perfect.
lanterns glowing long line white

Simply slide a single tea light into the bottom of the lantern and let it rest on the metal framework.
lanterns with led candles 

Once they are all lit and flickering in a pitch black room, the effect is absolutely magical!  They are the perfect solution to my big blank expanse of green!  Now THAT is a way to make paper lanterns work for YOU!

(Thanks to Crafts Unleashed and Consumer Crafts for the Supplies!)

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Crystal Thursday, February 21, 2013  

Simply beautiful and elegant!! You are a genius!! The LED lights add the perfect touch!! Love it!!

Jade time Wednesday, January 15, 2014  

What a new and simple idea to make the paper lantern for decorating the homes.

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