How to Make Paper Lanterns

Coming up with an elegant party decor ambiance is never difficult. The traditional party decoration items like Paper Lanterns never fail. Combined with matching lights to suit occasions in various seasons, these promise a stylish party and a mesmerizing ambiance.


making paper lanterns finished

Looking for instructions on how to make paper lanterns? My husband designed an easy template for making paper lanterns in a cute round shape. They look a bit oriental, don’t you think?

These “lanterns” are purely decorative and aren’t designed to have a lamp inside them, but they do make great festive decorations. In fact, they started out as a design for Christmas baubles.


By the way, if you want to learn how to make a lantern that you can put a lamp inside of, then check out my instructions for making paper star lanterns .

They make great homemade gifts to post in the mail because they can pack flat. And they look so pretty with the light shining through them 🙂


Instructions: How to Make Paper Lanterns


Before we get started, here’s a little cartoon to give you the big-picture of how everything fits together. Basically there’s a thread that runs through the lantern from top to bottom, with a knot at each end to hold things in place.


  • pretty paper or card-stock
  • printer
  • scissors
  • glue or double sided tape
  • needle and thread

You’ll also want to download my round paper lantern template . The pdf file has templates in two different sizes, so you can choose how big you’d like your lantern to be. The bigger template makes a grapefruit-sized lantern, and the smaller template makes mandarin-sized lanterns.

Print the template onto your paper or card-stock, making sure that you print onto the blank side! All done with the printing? Now on to how to make paper lanterns…

paper star lantern

Step 1: Cut out along the solid lines, and you should have something that looks like this. Notice the little glue-tab on the left.


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