Easy Wrapping Paper Lanterns

4 Materials
$5
1 Hour
Easy

If you are anything like me and have a huge wrapping paper collection at home, I have a super easy craft for you. I decided to turn some of my wrapping paper into pretty wrapping paper lanterns. We were throwing my grandparents a 50th wedding anniversary and I thought these would look so pretty spread out on the tables. I wish I would have actually taken pictures of them at the party because they looked amazing. They would also look spread around your house to light up the last of these warm summer nights, or great for outdoor spaces also.

easy wrapping paper lanterns
easy wrapping paper lanterns

Take a square piece of wrapping paper and fold the sides in towards the middle.

easy wrapping paper lanterns

Tape along the seam.

easy wrapping paper lanterns

Fold the bottom up to create the bottom of the bag.

easy wrapping paper lanterns

Open the bottom fold and create two triangles on each side.

easy wrapping paper lanterns

Fold the centers so they meet and tape closed.

easy wrapping paper lanterns

I used decorative scissors to trim the top and a hole punch to add holes randomly to the lantern.

easy wrapping paper lanterns
easy wrapping paper lanterns

Add LED candles for some pretty and soft lighting. You can also add something to the bottom of the lanterns to hold them down If you need to. Some of my wrapping paper was thick and heave, so I added some rice in a bag to keep the lanterns in place.

easy wrapping paper lanterns

I made lots of different sized lanterns and love how they turned out. These would also look great on a mantel and such an easy way to decorate. It took me about an hour to make 40 lanterns, so it's definitely a fast and easy craft.

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  • Gale O'Neal
    5 days ago

    I just made a practice bag with two pages from a sports magazine! Not perfect, but now I can make a bag suitable for boy gifts! Thanks for the idea!

  • Lisa Sinclair
    8 minutes ago

    Clever!

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