How to Make Beautiful Pressed Flower Lanterns – Easy DIY

7 Materials
5 Hours

DIY hanging pressed flower lanterns - Step-by-step tutorial. The perfect budget-friendly outdoor lighting for weddings or chic summer garden parties. You can create these lanterns with wildflowers, curbside flowers or even various types of fallen leaves. Don’t let the fact that you don’t own a flower press put you off either, my DIY version below will work just as well.

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Pressing flowers

The amount of time it takes for the flowers to dry out depends on the type of flowers you use. Thin-stemmed, small flowers will take longer than thicker, larger flowers and stems. I used some thin meadow flowers and small ferns and as I said, it took around three weeks for them to dry out enough to use in this project.

Draw a circle on the baloon

Draw a line around the top of the balloon which will help you identify where to stop adding paper to allow for the hole at the top where you will add the candle later.

Cover the balloon with paper
  • Layer the paper squares on to the balloon overlapping slightly as you go and brush on more paste over the top of each piece. Work your way up to the line you drew earlier and stop there. Allow to dry. Add a second layer once the first layer is dry.

Add the flowers

Now you can add the dried flowers, brushing a layer of glue over the top of each one. Allow to dry. (Depending upon which type of flowers you use, you may find it necessary to immediately add some paper squares over the top of the flowers to make sure they stay put).

Pop the balloon

Using the needle, pop the balloon and remove it completely. You may need to scrape it a bit.

Make loops for hanging

our pressed flower lanterns are almost finished. The very last step will be to make some rings for hanging. I used some silver craft wire to make mine. You just need to cut two small pieces of wire and push one end of each through the lantern on each side. Twist the wire to make a small ring.

Tie some jute twine to the rings and make the handle as long as you need it to be. In my case, I wanted to hang these in the trees so I made my ties quite long.

Hang your lanterns

So, there you have it! Another beautiful and easy DIY. All that’s left to do is to place a candle into your lantern, hang it up and enjoy your beautiful Autumn evenings under the harvest moon!

Suggested materials:

  • Jute Twine   (Etsy)
  • Transparent (sandwich) paper   (Any supermarket)
  • Wallpaper glue   (Etsy)
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Chalking Up Success
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Frequently asked questions

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  • Liz Liz on Jun 21, 2021

    Could you use mod podge?



  • Sjt29229935 Sjt29229935 on Jun 22, 2021

    How much weight will the lanterns hold. Seems like the wires would tear through the delicate paper if you added anything but a very light weight tea candle. They are beautiful. What an elegant ambiance to any outdoor gathering.

  • Christine Christine on Jun 26, 2021

    Can you use wax paper


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  • Em Em on Oct 27, 2020

    You can make your own paste with 1 cup of flour to 2 cups of water. Heat in microwave 30 seconds, stir heat again another 30 seconds and it should be thickening by then. Stir again, let cool. Dip your strips in the paste and you don't have to keep putting on the balloon with a brush. Much quicker.

  • Leslie Leslie on Jun 21, 2021

    OHHHH how lovely, thank you for sharing. :)♥️