DIY Paper Doily Lanterns

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We have another fun entry to share with you – and we’re only a third of the way through! Belinda put a twist on the traditional paper lantern by turning it into an airy, whimsical doily lantern. We could never tell the final look was DIY and not purchased at a design boutique.

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What you’ll need:
– Paper lantern
– Paper doilies
– Scissors
– Double-sided tape
– String to hang
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Step 1: Cut a bunch of doilies in half.

Step 2: For the top few doilies, cut out a semi-circle so it will fit around the opening at the top of the lantern. Turn over and place double-sided tape on the wrong side.

Step 3: Stick to the top of the lantern. Repeat with another two or three doily halves until the top opening is circled. You might need to overlap a few of the doilies slightly to fit but try and get it as even as possible.

Step 4: Place double-sided tape on the wrong sides of the halved doilies at the top.

Step 5: Stick underneath the top doilies in the middle of the gaps, so they’re overlapped like fish scales.

Step 6: Continue all the way around and down to the bottom. For the final layer, you might need to cut a doily into quarters to fill the leftover space.

  1. Jen @ The Finer Things

    How pretty! These are so feminine!

  2. hayley

    I am looking for those lanterns, where could i find them? Thanks! :)

  3. Miss Ruby

    Cute! And what a difference from the typical lantern!

  4. Brancoprata

    So, so cool!!! Love this idea!!

  5. Zenda

    @ HAYLEY: has tons of different kinds of paper lanterns. I’ve also seen them at CostPlus.

  6. lydia {ever ours}

    oh such a cute idea!

  7. Ri

    I LOVE this- such a whimsical, cute idea!!

  8. Annie @ Marry You Me

    So cute and wedding perfect!

  9. belinda

    oh hurrah! my project made the cut! i also debated submitting this one if you want to do something with all those leftover doilies…paper doily stars

  10. Lizzie [Ten Thou Bride]

    Super cute! These are getting more creative by the minute!

  11. Leigh Theo

    WOW! Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial! I just featured it on my blog today! Love, love, love it! Here is the link so you can check it out:

  12. {eclat} event design

    Love this girly look! Great for a shabby chic wedding theme!

  13. leslie

    lovely … but how does it look in the dark and lit up? I’m helpion

  14. leslie

    whoops … I’m helping a friend with her evening wedding. so I’m wondering it its still pretty when lit up or if you can see all the weird layers and tape.

  15. Rosa Costelha

    Ideia simples,mas com efeito muito bonito,gostei muito,obrigada !

  16. Carrie

    I’m shopping for the doilies and wondering what size you used? I’ve seen 6 inch and 12 inch doilies.

  17. Belle

    What size is the lanten used? What’s the doilies size? And approx how many doilies are used?

  18. María claudia plaza

    Ojalá lo traducción lo traduzcan a Español

  19. alka

    Very pretty lamp. Tutorial is very nice presented

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