Fall-Inspired Paper Lantern Tutorial


Paper lanterns evoke a soft and enchanting feeling. They're beautiful as stand alone party decorations, but can also be enhanced to suit any theme or holiday by simply adding a few embellishments. For these autumn-inspired lanterns, we added fall-colored faux flowers, but you can also use real leaves or even fresh flowers.

Fall paper lantern

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Fall paper lantern

Things You’ll Need

  • Paper lantern

  • Faux fall flowers or leaves

  • Hot glue

  • Scissors

  • String

Step 1

Separate the flowers from their stems by pulling them off or using scissors to cut them off.

Taking flowers off bunch

Step 2

Cut the tips off from each flower.

Cutting stems off flowers

Step 3

Place a drop of hot glue under the flower.

Placing hot glue on flower

Step 4

Press the flower onto the lantern to attach.

Gluing flower onto lantern

Step 5

Continue gluing the flowers in an organic manner around lantern.

Flowers glued on lantern


To ensure the lantern is balanced, glue larger flowers at the top and the bottom equally.

Step 6

Take some of the leaves from the bunch and cut in half.

Cut leaves

Step 7

Glue leaves randomly under the flowers for more interest.

Gluing leaves onto lantern

Step 8

Tie a string onto the top of the lantern and hang.

Hang lantern Fall paper lantern

You can use a single lantern or place several in a row or as a grouping for a gorgeous focal point for your event.

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