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20 Simple and Awesome Paper Lantern Hacks and Re-Designs
I have a confession. I’m obsessed with paper lanterns. I’m certain I own more than what is a reasonable amount for one person who doesn’t own an event planning service to own. I can’t help it though. They’re ridiculously affordable, incredibly versatile, and utterly adorable. I’ve used paper lanterns as decor in my daughters’ bedroom, as party decorations, and even as unconventional and modern holiday decor.
But imagine you stepped away from just the plain paper lantern. Go ahead and give your lanterns a makeover. Whether you decide to use your paper lanterns in the nursery or at Baby’s first birthday, you’re going to have awesome custom decor without spending a lot of money. See which paper lantern hack inspires you and tap into your creative DIY side.
Paper Lantern Hacks
Give your favorite paper lanterns a whole new look. Click through to find the hack that inspires you.
Add realistic looking faux butterflies for a beautiful and whimsical touch. Perfect for tea parties or a secret garden nursery.
These paper lantern candies are super sweet but won’t give you a cavity! Wrap with cellophane, add ribbon, and you have yourself a zero calorie treat that’s high in cuteness.
Covered in Confetti
Confetti polka dots are huge right now. Easily add that fun trendy look to paper lanterns. Use the DIY tutorial as your guide to create your own custom look.
These are not your grandma’s doilies. These affordable doilies take on a new shape when overlapped on a paper lantern. It would provide such a dainty and ladylike feel to any nursery or party.
Fringe will instantly add fun and flair to any nursery or party. I love this look and think it would make such a statement piece.
Hot Air Balloons
Up, up, and away! I had wanted to convert the paper lanterns in my daughters’ room into hot air balloons but never got around to it. Seeing these adorable versions has reignited that desire to do so. Hello, weekend project!
Huge "Balloon" and Streamers
This is my absolute favorite hack! I’ve always admired the over-sized balloons embellished with streamers. It never occurred to me to recreate the look using a paper lantern! Totally one of those, “why didn’t I think of that!?” moments.
An underwater theme nursery or first birthday party just wouldn’t be complete without these jelly fish paper lanterns. They’re so unique and add whimsical decorations that are easy to create.
Mickey Mouse fans rejoice! I found the paper lantern makeover for you! So simple to create that any one can recreate it for their little one. The great thing is it’s easily customizable to create a matching Minnie Mouse one!
This little gal is a hoot! With a few simple steps and bit of paper, you can create a whole flock — correction, parliament (Thanks Google) —of owls!
Break out the paints and your inner artist. These hand painted paper lanterns are stunning. Paper lanterns are the perfect canvas. They are made of paper after all.
What a gorgeous statement this paper lantern makes! Covered in paper flowers gives the look of a beautiful floral globe. Select colors that will match your nursery or party best.
Blooming Tissue Flowers
Channel your inner Girl Scout to create these adorable tissue paper flowers then attach to simple lanterns and embellish with beautiful ribbons.
It’s so fun to see paper lanterns recreated in such lovely and simple ways.
Planet in the Solar System
This hack is out of this world! Round paper lanterns make the perfect planets! Lanterns are sold in a huge assortment of colors and sizes, making it easy to create your own solar system.
Bring your love of pennants right to your paper lanterns. Adorable mini flags adorn the lantern for a fun and whimsical twist.
Ruffles, ruffles, ruffles! This paper lantern redesign is so girly and pretty! It would add great texture and interest to any nursery or party.
I love that this paper lantern is actually used as a light source! Not only will you have a gorgeous and fun statement piece during the day, but at night you’ll have the soft, gentle glow too.
Do you want to built a snowman? This creative method combines two lanterns to make this adorable winter friend.
Vintage Book Pages
Love finding vintage children’s books but hate that they’re usually damaged? Re-purpose the pages in good condition to create this unique and quirky lantern. Perfect for a vintage theme nursery or party.