Discover the world with our lifehacks

How do you make a paper mache lantern?

How do you make a paper mache lantern?


  1. Tear the tissue paper into strips (about 1 inch wide).
  2. Blow up your balloon to around the size you would like your lantern to be.
  3. Mix glue and water, 2 parts glue to one part water, it should be a milky consistency.
  4. Let dry, you may want to put one more layer of tissue paper on it once the first has dried.

What kind of paper is used for paper lanterns?

A piece of regular printer paper will do just fine, but so will cardstock or scrapbook paper. The lighter the weight of the paper, the more likely the lantern will be to collapse under its own weight. You can use a solid color piece of paper or a piece of decorative scrapbook paper to make the lantern more festive.

How do you make a paper lantern with 6 easy steps?


  1. 1Prepare the paper. Start out with an A4, Letter size, or any rectangular sheet of paper or cardstock.
  2. 2Make the handle. Cut a 1-inch wide strip off on one short side.
  3. 3Fold the paper in half.
  4. 4Draw a horizontal line.
  5. 5Cut the first slit.
  6. 6Cut more slits.
  7. 7Unfold the paper.
  8. 8Decorate the top and bottom edge.

How do you make a floating paper lantern?

Create your light! Fold 2 sheets of paper towel into a square shape and soak in candle wax. Once dry, poke two holes through the ends of the paper towel and attach to one end of the base. When you’re ready to light, simply light the paper towel and let your lantern float into the sky!

Can you Modge podge paper lanterns?

Using a small paintbrush apply either Elmer’s glue or Modge Podge to the back of the paper and place it onto the lantern. This is the part that is most time consuming. Take all the papers that you cut out and begin pasting them to your lantern.

How do you make Chinese lanterns step by step?

Paper Chinese Lantern Instructions

  1. Start with a rectangular sheet of paper. Cut a strip of paper from the long edge of the paper (about 1″ width).
  2. Fold the paper in half lengthwise.
  3. Unfold the paper.
  4. Loop the paper around to form a tube.
  5. Tape or staple on the handle made in step 1 and you’re done!