Bright Idea – DIY Lanterns

by Heather Jennings / Photos © Heather Jennings

Add a little glitz to Your reception with this Do-it-yourself floral chandelier

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Easy? Very. Inexpensive? You bet. If you can operate a hot glue gun you can create this gorgeous Anthropologie-inspired paper lantern, for your reception, ceremony site, or home. The light featured on anthropologie.com retails for $898, but this version can be made for around $20! Here are step-by-step instructions on how to create this luxurious luminary.

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Instructions:

 

1.) Assemble the lantern and place it top up in a wide, shallow bowl to act as a base.

Assemble the lantern and place it top up in a wide, shallow bowl to act as a base.
Assemble the lantern and place it top up in a wide, shallow bowl to act as a base.

2.) Put a small dot of hot glue on the back side of a white cupcake liner. Starting about half an inch in from the wire ring at the top of the lantern, place the cupcake liner on the lantern and press until it is attached.
Continue around the ring spacing the papers so that the circular bases are approximately one inch apart, allowing the outer edges to merge and shape.
3.) Apply the cupcake papers around the lantern in rings until you are 3/4 of the way down, and then flip the lantern over and gently place it back in the bowl, top side down.

Apply the cupcake papers around the lantern in rings until you are 3/4 of the way down, and then flip the lantern over and gently place it back in the bowl, top side down.
Apply the cupcake papers around the lantern in rings until you are 3/4 of the way down, and then flip the lantern over and gently place it back in the bowl, top side down.

4.) Complete the underside and fill in the bottom, so that the papers cover the base opening
5.) Begin applying the petit fours papers, centering them inside each white paper. Three-quarters of the way up the lantern, flip it top side up. Complete the top side.
6.) Go back through, gently manipulating the outer papers to the desired shape. I kept mine fairly organic.

Go back through, gently manipulating the outer papers to the desired shape. I kept mine fairly organic.
Go back through, gently manipulating the outer papers to the desired shape. I kept mine fairly organic.

7.)Drop a light in, and voila!Cover Shot

bio-picHeather Jennings is author of the web site Poppy Haus (www.poppyhaus.com), which features “ideas for food, play and design”.