Having said that, there are many DIY Paper Lanterns that are really worth your time and effort. One good idea is to take a plain paper lantern and dress it up.
Very inexpensive, 10-inch, "No Frills" paper lanterns from Luna Bazaar are the best deal around - and a perfect place to start. See No Frills Paper Lanterns in our online store.
Martha Stewart has a few DIY Paper Lanterns that involve decorating the lantern with butterflies, polka-dots, circles, and other colorful accents. This concept can help you tie the lanterns in to the theme of your event.
|DIY Paper Lanterns|
Pre-cut paper circles are taped onto a plain paper lantern.
From: Martha Stewart.
An interesting, eco-friendly variation on this idea is from Zipper8Lighting on Etsy:
|Eco-friendly newspaper-embellished paper lantern!|
Artichoke Phone Book Pendant Lantern
Ribbons and DIY Paper Lanterns go well together! Some nice examples are shown below. Cut the lengths of ribbon depending on the size of the paper lantern and the length of the streamers. You can use 8 lengths of ribbon, but 5 or 6 would also look fine. Lion Ribbon was recommended as a source for the ribbon on Wedding by Color.
|Ribbon-bedecked DIY Paper Lanterns|
as seen on brides.com
Another idea from Martha Stewart is to cut out paper butterflies and attach them to a plain paper lantern with double-sided tape or glue dots. Birds or flowers can be attached instead of butterflies.
|DIY Paper Lanterns: Plain lanterns dressed up with paper butterfly cut-outs.|
Martha Stewart Living
Note: you can now see our expanded collection of DIY lantern projects on our Luna Bazaar Pinterest board!