Glam up the garden for your next summer party with these colorful paper lanterns
Megan Reardon, writer of home crafts blog Not Martha, is one of those ladies who always comes up with clever ideas, the kind of ideas you wish you came up with. From recipes to technology, she doesn't miss a beat.
We spotted her party lantern project on Make Grow Gather, another blog we adore. Megan agreed to share her crafty wisdom and show us how to make our very own colourful paper party lanterns. We love these little bursts of colour; they're easy-to-make, decorative and will ensure your party is tastefully lit well into the night.
For this project, Megan used paper lanterns that she had left over from her wedding reception, but you can get them at any craft store or party store.
Here's what you'll need:
Glue sticks (or a glue gun)
Coloured tissue paper, your choice of colors
Three objects with round, flat ends that range from 1in - 2in diameter such as a large knitting needle, tube of mascara and pill bottles
As many paper lanterns as you wish (Megan used 8in diameter lanterns)
Tip: Check that all your lanterns all work before decorating them.
Now, it's time to get started -- This project is as easy as 1-2-3!
Start with the largest diameter item. Photo: Megan Reardon
2. Wrap a square of the base color over your widest object to shape it, apply glue to the end, then stick to your lantern (see image above). Repeat this, spacing each one about 1in apart.
You can choose a series of coordinating colours instead of one solid color for more depth. Photo: Megan Reardon
4. Next, do the same with the final colour, using your smallest object, placing it in the center of the second colour. Repeat this until you've covered the lantern.
For more information and tips, see Megan's detailed post on Make Grow Gather.