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.

This is just a portion of the original post - to read the more detailed tutorial please visit the blog through the link at the end of this post.

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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Frequently asked questions

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 17, 2020

    Do you bring them in if it going to rain?

  • I love this SO much! What type of candles did you use? Regular wax or electric? Tea light or votive?

    • Chalking Up Success Chalking Up Success on Jun 18, 2020

      So glad you enjoyed this post! I'm trying to cut down on the amount of plastic I use in my home so I used regular wax tea lights.

  • Julie Julie on Jun 20, 2020

    I've got to do this... but what is sandwich paper? and do you have to use wallpaper glue? Or just flower and water like we did as kids.

    • Dar28498722 Dar28498722 on Jun 20, 2020

      Wax paper. When I was a kid small bags were made out of wax paper to keep your sandwich in when you brought your lunch to school. Don't know if they are still available now that zip lock plastic is in vogue, but wax paper is the same thing.

    • Sue Sue on Jun 20, 2020

      You can use parchment paper or tissue paper. Tissue paper would need a double layer.

    • Chalking Up Success Chalking Up Success on Jun 20, 2020

      Hi Julie, you can also use transparant craft paper. I used orange transparant paper to make halloween pumpkin lanterns with my boy when they were small. You need at least two layers of paper - hope that helps.

  • M M on Jun 20, 2020

    I love these lanterns! Does anyone have any thoughts on using the plain white layers of paper napkins and mod podge then using the top printed layer of the napkins for the top layer on the lanterns?

    • Chalking Up Success Chalking Up Success on Jun 20, 2020

      Paper napkins might be too opaque so the light probably won't be as bright. Transparant paper is better if you can get it. You should find it in any craft shop or even online.

  • Ann Nowak Ann Nowak on Jul 08, 2020

    Will Modge-Podge possibly work as well as "wallpaper glue"?

    • Chalking Up Success Chalking Up Success on Jul 09, 2020

      Hi Ann, I've never tried making them with Modge-Podge so I can't say for sure, sorry. Maybe you could do a small test lantern to see how it turns out.

  • Sun One Sun One on Jul 20, 2020

    Candles ... lighting the candles, burning the candles .. what about burning them up?

    • Chalking Up Success Chalking Up Success on Jul 21, 2020

      There is always a fire risk with candles you’re right but that’s the reason why you should never leave them unattended. I hang these lanterns outdoors when we are entertaining so there is always someone around while they’re burning. I’m also trying to reduce the amount of plastic I use in my home so I use natural beeswax candles where ever possible but LEDs would also work.

    • Lola Lola on Oct 29, 2020

      Use the flickering battery operated candles. Just as pretty.

  • Mia Mia on Jul 24, 2020

    What kind of paper is used for this project? Sorry if I missed it in the description. The project links look like they go to wax paper - is that correct? I just want to make sure because I'd love to try this. They're beautiful!

  • Cathy Gold Cathy Gold on Oct 25, 2020

    How did the leaves become black?

    • Chalking Up Success Chalking Up Success on Oct 28, 2020

      Hi Cathy, the leaves are not black they just look that way because the photo was taken at night and you can't see the colours.

  • Em Em on Jun 21, 2021

    Do you take them down in the rain. Wouldn't they get ruined from the rain water?

  • Liz Liz on Jun 21, 2021

    I am assuming you use battery operated candles. Seems the flame would catch the lantern on fire.

  • Liz Liz on Jun 21, 2021

    Could you use mod podge?



    • Chalking Up Success Chalking Up Success on Jun 29, 2021

      I've only ever used wallpaper paste for this project but any kind of glue that dries transparent should work.

  • 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.

    • Chalking Up Success Chalking Up Success on Jun 29, 2021

      After you've added a few layers of paper and glue, the lanterns are quite sturdy. They are only meant to hold a small tea light candle though, anything larger than that may cause the lanterns to catch on fire.

    • Sjt29229935 Sjt29229935 on Jun 29, 2021

      Thank you. Was thinking a little larger battery candle. Maybe run some wire under, around and up to hold the weight. Hope everyone enjoys these this summer, stays healthy and parties safely.

    • Chalking Up Success Chalking Up Success on Jul 05, 2021

      A little battery candle should be fine. You could also reinforce the area around the wire handle to be sure. 🙂

  • 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. :)♥️