DIY Paper Lantern

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recycle a paper lantern lampshade

paper lantern recycled lampshade

Make your own DIY Paper Lantern

Today I’m sharing with you this DIY Paper Lantern Lamp Shade I made today. I love paper lanterns as they are so simple and in-expensive but I fancied adding a little something extra to this one. As I seem to be adding paper butterflies to everything at the moment I thought it was only appropriate to add some more to other objects in the house.

To recycle a paper lantern all you need is:
1 x Paper Lantern
Paper Butterflies in various sizes.
recycle a paper lantern lampshade

To make the paper butterflies you can either buy pre cut designs, hand cut them yourself using a stencil or do as I do and use a dye cutting machine (I’d be lost without mine!)

Fit the paper lantern together and begin to glue you paper butterflies in any layout you desire, I decided to glue mine in a sweeping layout but you could completely cover the lamp shade or glue into clusters. I only glued one side of the wings to the lamp shade to create a 3D effect.

To stick my butterflies to the lamp shade I actually used doubled sized tape but if I was to re make mine I would use glue as the double-sided tape creates shadows on the design.

It’s as simple as that, once you’ve finished sticking your butterflies to the lamp shade, wait a little while for the glue to dry and then fit you recycled paper lantern lamp shade in whatever room you wish and enjoy……

Take a look at my DIY Paper Lantern Pin Board to see some amazing tutorials and ideas on how to turn a plain lantern into something beautiful.

8 Responses

  1. pamyanny
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    That is just fab, your best yet for me!! Love it!

  2. All things handmade
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    Thanks Pamyanny!!

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  4. Rachael
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    I love this idea… what brand is your dye cutting machine? I’ve been looking for the perfectly shaped butterfly :)

    • All things handmade
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      Thanks Rachael! I have a cricut but I make my own designs and cut them in the sure cuts a lot program!

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