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Paper Lantern Crafts for Party or Decor

These paper lantern crafts are perfect for parties or decorations! Get 25+ unique ideas for embellishing paper lanterns the easy way. These projects are great for both kids and adults.

Paper Lantern Crafts

I’ll never forget the first time I discovered paper lanterns. I believe it was at The Nature Company (remember those mall stores??) when I was in high school. They had a display of printed paper lantern pendant lamps and there was a constellation themed one.

You can bet I wanted that bad boy for my room!

I didn’t get it, though. My only spending money was babysitting dollars, and I couldn’t part with the $30 it would cost to purchase that beautiful lantern (it did come with the light and cord!).

What I didn’t realize back then is that if you want a pretty paper lantern to decorate your home – or for a party – you can make it yourself! Yes I was a crafter at a young age, but it just didn’t register at the time.

It definitely registers now, though.

I’m excited to share these paper lantern crafts with you. Because you don’t have to drool over that paper lantern at The Nature Company. You can make your own!

Grab a pack of white or colored paper lanterns, because they’re pretty cheap to get in bundles. Then get creative with one of these unique ideas. Let me know which one of these you try and what you think in the comments!

Paper Lantern Crafts

Learn how to decorate paper lanterns with one of these fun ideas! You can alter them in so many ways, for both celebration and decorating.

If you enjoyed these crafts with paper lanterns, I’d love for you to check out these other ideas:


Wednesday 13th of September 2023

I'm thrilled at seeing this and thank you.

Nancy Bankert

Friday 30th of September 2022

Love these “Do it yourself “paper lantern” great instructions and ideas. Sending them to my clever young granddaughters and their mother for summer fun. AND FOR ME, a copy for me to do some, too🙋‍♀️❤️❤️❤️


Friday 30th of September 2022

Yay! Thank you for reading Nancy!