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!

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Suggested materials:
  • Jute Twine   (Etsy)
  • Transparent (sandwich) paper   (Any supermarket)
  • Wallpaper glue   (Etsy)
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  • Patty Patty on Jan 30, 2022

    If you have to add paper over a large stem to hold it down,does it make it harder to see?

  • Susan Susan on Mar 02, 2022

    What did you use for lights

  • Gabriella Vallozzi Gabriella Vallozzi on Feb 05, 2023

    They are beautiful. Hope mine turn out as well. Are there any substitutes for the paper and glue? Thank you.

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  • Patty Patty on Oct 27, 2021

    I'd love to do this. It's beautiful. Glad I can use wax paper. I hope it's as translucent as yours.

  • Corunna Stevens Goris Corunna Stevens Goris on Jan 21, 2023

    Yep I’ll be trying it. A couple of friends of ours are getting married. I see it as a lasting gift to use as decor for their special day and as a continuing reminder of that special day~