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I love the idea of taking something that is affordable and simple like the Chinese Paper Lanterns and making them customized for your party. For our tea party we went with a pink palette and added in warm sunset accents. Easy and special inspiration if you need to throw a shower for a friend!
Step 1: Assemble the paper lanterns by carefully inserting the metal frames.
Step 2: Decorate your lanterns by fringing, adding ribbon, and painting them!
- Cut a bunch of fringe out of tissue paper with a good pair of scissors. Our fringe was roughly 2″ tall and 1 cm wide.
- Hot glue fringe to the lantern, starting from the bottom and stopping halfway up.
- Hot glue a contrasting strand of ribbon on top of the last layer of fringe.
- Hot glue the beginning of a piece of ribbon to the inside edge of the lantern.
- Run the ribbon down the side of the lantern. Hot glue the end of the ribbon to the inside edge of the bottom opening and trim.
- Sketch out a design that you’d like to paint on your lantern on a plain sheet of paper.
- Gently paint the design onto the lantern with a thin layer of paint. Since the paper is super thin, you won’t want to over saturate it!
- Cut fringe from a stack of tissue paper that is 12” tall and 1 cm wide. Roll the cut fringe into a paper tassel. Then, twist the top of the tassel and knot a piece of ribbon around the top to keep it together.
- Tie the tassel to the bar on the end of the lantern.
Step 3: Hang the decorated lanterns all around for a full, festive look!
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Photos & styling by Sarah Price Olsen
Crafting by Naomi Julia Satake, Justine Pon, and Erica Kjos