Lately I’ve noticed that some of my craftiest customers have been hand-painting white paper party lanterns to give them a custom look, which I think is such a brilliant idea! (The photo above is from August’s sock monkey party, and you can also spot hand-painted lanterns in James’ train party.) I love paper party lanterns for party decor because they have so much impact for being so budget-friendly, and because customizing them with your own DIY touches is so easy. Check out these other fantastic ideas…

This has been my favorite paper lantern upgrade idea for ages. The idea and tutorial is by You had me at bonjour (found via TipJunkie). The mini bunting is so sweet and festive, and you could incorporate it into your party decor in tons of other ways, too! {full tutorial here}

Naturally, Martha Stewart’s paper lanterns covered in tissue circles are absolutely gorgeous…

…though the rainbow version by June & Bear is even better. {full tutorial here}

Glitter. YES. It will be a mess, and you will find glitter in every last corner of the house, but it will be so worth it! These photos are by Elove photos and the concept and tutorial are at Oh Happy Day. {full tutorial here}

This rainbow lantern by The Swell Life is made using tissue paper squares, which gives it a really modern and funky feel. And again, you’ve gotta love the rainbow! {full tutorial here, plus more lantern ideas here and here}

And last but certainly not least, these gorgeous lanterns by Crafty Nest take humble faux flowers and pom-pom fringe and turn them into something worthy of being on display year-round. {full tutorial here}


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  1. 1
    Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 12:59 pm
    Kara @ June & Bear says:
    Oooh, I love the bunting and pom pom fringe. Thanks for including my rainbow tissue paper version.
  2. 2
    Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 3:13 pm
    carla says:
    wow! these are so cute!!
  3. 3
    Sunday, June 30th, 2013 at 6:08 pm
    emily says:
    oooo love!!! I'm putting together a round up of lantern decorating ideas... I will be linking to this post... :o)
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      Monday, July 1st, 2013 at 10:20 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Emily!

      I love them too! Lantern decorations are one of my favorite things about summer parties. I can't wait for your round up. Thanks for reading! : )
  4. 4
    Thursday, September 26th, 2013 at 2:43 pm
    emily says:
    I LOOOOOVE these!!!
    • 4.1
      Thursday, September 26th, 2013 at 4:08 pm
      Heather says:
      Yay! Thanks Emily! : )
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    Saturday, February 14th, 2015 at 8:19 pm
    Sharon Line says:
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      Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 9:37 am
      Heather says:
      Thank you, Sharon! : )
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    Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 10:26 pm
    Kathy says:
    Love the floral covered paper lantern...this I would actually use!
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    Saturday, February 18th, 2017 at 12:32 pm
    Cindy says:
    do you have or have you ever made a Cinderella Carriage with these? If yes, please direct me to instructions. Thanks
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    Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 at 9:23 am
    Jennifer says:
    OMGoodness! I love these decorated lanterns. we have so many left over from our wedding and I really was hoping to find other ways to use them.
    They are so beautiful, and inspiring! Thank you for some amazing ideas!
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    Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 at 12:01 am
    Victoria Tegg says:
    Thank you for sharing this recipie, I made this tonight, and it was amazing!! I am am going to freeze the leftover miso mixture in an ice cube tray for easy measurement in the future. For soft boiled eggs place eggs in 1″ boiling water, cover and cook for 6 minutes exactly, and they come out perfectly. Thanks again!