Do you remember in kindergarten the cool art projects with the little tissue paper squares that we wrapped around the end of a pencil. If not maybe go smell some Play Doh to ignite your memory. Got it? Okay now imaging paper lanterns covered in tissue paper twists. It’s such a cheap, easy and awesome craft. They are a super versatile craft for all occasions.
I am not going to lie, the fluffy lanterns are a bit time-consuming. Perfect for a rainy afternoon. I made 6 of them and it took me about 4 hours from cutting the tissue paper to placing the final tissue square.
FLUFFY TISSUE PAPER LANTERNS
I made the tissue paper covered lanterns for table decorations at my sister baby shower. In the summer they look super cute hanging from my tree with battery-powered tea light inside. Here are all the supplies and instructions how to create your own.
SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED:
Standard size prescription bottle and a round nail polish bottle. These are for making the tissue twists, I’ll explain.
- Fold tissue paper accordion style. Cut tissue paper into 2-3 inch squares. Try to be neat but don’t go crazy if they are not 100% square.
- Open the paper lanterns and assemble according to manufactures instructions.
- Twist the paper square around the bottle, glue and press it onto the lantern. You need to make sure that you use your free hand inside the lantern to apply opposing pressure to make sure you are getting good adherence.
- Apply the second smaller square directly inside the middle of the ones you have already placed. Ideally you will want to place them about 1/2 inch apart to allow for some “fluffing.”Continue this process until you are satisfied with the coverage.
SCALLOPED TISSUE PAPER COVERED LANTERN
I first saw these in an issue of Martha Stewart and fell in love. Again they are super easy and cheap. I decided to go with some rainbow glitter tissue paper for Saint Patty’s day and maybe a Unicorn party? Who knows?
- Fold 1 piece of tissue paper accordion style and punch as many as you can out of the tissue. If it’s to hard for you to punch through, cut tissue paper sheet in half and repeat above steps.
- Starting from the bottom of the lantern glue tissue in one direction overlapping pieces.
- Continue all the way up the entire lantern until you reach the top. Once there, place glue all along the edge and glue tissue over the lip for a more finished look.
Wait about 10 min before gluing the second layer to prevent bleeding of color. (Fluffy)
Use the torn or frayed edges of the punched tissue on the lantern so they will be hidden under the nice punched edge. (Scalloped)
Once you think you’re finished slightly fluff the tissue and apply more in the “naked” spots. (Fluffy)
Use only battery-powered light inside and avoid them being placed where they can get wet.
There you have it. A cheap and versatile craft for any occasion. Have fun!