Chinese lanterns are an inexpensive way to add both light and a fun festive element to a celebration. And now that individual battery operated lanterns are available, they can be hung anywhere. However, finding them decorated and in your particular color scheme is a bit more difficult. I wanted white lanterns with green flowers for my Dum Sum On The Deck Tablescape so, I decided to make my own.
I purchased a set of six lanterns on sale from Michaels and proceeded to embellish them. The first step was to hand draw branches with a brown artist felt tip marker all around the globe as if they were growing out of the bottom of and up towards the top.
Using two different colors of green scrapbook paper, I cut out a variety of flowers with paper punches that I bought years ago when my kids were little and we were doing a lot of crafts. I also used one sheet of white craft paper to create centers for the flowers with two different sized hole punches.
I put the different sized and colored flower cutouts together with white glue.
After I made all of the blossoms, I used the glue to adhere them to the lanterns along the branches.
This is a simple project if a bit time consuming, but it is a great way to customize lanterns to your party decor. If you don’t want to take the time to cut out all of the flowers, you could also purchase artificial blooms, stickers, or even use bits of colored tissue paper instead.
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