DIY paper lanterns {from i never grew up}

by @according2kelly on September 6, 2011

for the entire month of september will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season…

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season all month long. yep! yep! 31 days of projects. so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is is one of my blogging favorites – vanessa of i never grew up. vanessa writes…

Hi! I’m Vanessa Brown from I have three little girls and live in Salt Lake City. I blog about everything we do as a family: art projects, cooking, nature, having fun together and little things I loved throughout my week.

My little “Moose” and I are going to show you how to take a white paper lantern and decorate it for the holidays.

When I originally thought of this idea I wanted to do some pretty intricate designs with Peanut characters, fancy stencils and calligraphy type letters. But after painting on the ridges of the lantern, I soon learned it was a bit tough and needed to switch to something simple. That was fine because then my girls were able to help me. Plus, the lanterns could look more “kid like,” and that style is fun to have hanging in the home during holiday time as well.


White Paper Lanterns

Craft Paint

Spray Paint (optional)

Thinned out Glue or Mod Podge (optional)

Sparkles (optional)



1. Paint your lantern with either one type of craft paint or different shades of one color. Or even just spray paint the lantern.

2. Then decorate with snowflakes, candy canes, simple words like SANTA or JOY, pine trees, snowmen, etc. You could even get quite a few mini lanterns and put a different letter on each one to spell out something you would like for them all to say.

3. Then add a bit more by spreading on mod podge or thinned out glue. Quickly sprinkle on glitter.

The kids had fun with these and they will be cute hanging over our kitchen table or in the front window.

for more great ideas be sure to visit vanessa at i never grew up. or follow her every move on twitter or facebook.

about vanessa: Vanessa blogs over at on everything from healthy family recipes to art projects to do with the kiddos. She also runs and her two businesses. She is married to celebrity dog trainer Ty Brown and has 3 dogs and 3 beautiful girls. Currently she resides in Utah.

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

k t
k t

Great idea! One question, how do you get the lantern to stay open while you decorate?


The painted lanterns are looking great. I liked that painiting with red color spray on that. Looking so attractive! The patterned paper lanterns are also considerable. Love that snow man on lamps.

See here other patterned paper lanterns.


Loved them Vanessa!! I'm a big fan of handmade stuff and really enjoyed having a look through your site... By the way one of our users just pinned up a picture of yours to her Pinspire collection and I just wanted to check that this was okay with you. We're a young startup from Berlin so we don't want to step in anybody's toes. Don't hesitate to get in touch for the link ( Best

Lanterns for Weddings
Lanterns for Weddings

Talk about a lantern for all seasons! For the next holiday, you can just spray it over and make a new design!


Vanessa, these are awesome! What a fun idea to decorate them!

Mod Podge Amy
Mod Podge Amy

These are so cute! I love them - they make me so happy!


Aren't they fun?! I think they will become a new tradition for every holiday.


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