Vintage Paper Lanterns

  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner
Vintage Paper Lanterns

Paper lanterns are simple in design and inexpensive, yet they add a soft, beautiful touch to party decor.

Because of their simplicity, they lend themselves well to making a big impact by hanging a profusion of little embellishments from the bottom bar of the frame. I've seen this done with butterflies and it makes a stunning decoration.

My paper lanterns were to be used for wedding reception. Since I was using confetti, instead of hanging each of my small embellishments individually, I encased them in die cuts made using the Fiskars Fuse and wax paper. Wax paper right out of my kitchen cabinet!

die cutting 2 scalloped squares from wax paper

I began but die cutting 2 scalloped squares from wax paper.

Next, use a variety of Fiskars Hand Punches, Squeeze Punches, and Lever Punches to make confetti

Next I used a variety of Fiskars Hand Punches, Squeeze Punches, and Lever Punches to make confetti. I used a combination of patterned paper, book paper, tissue paper, and cardstock, punching the pieces right over the top of one of the wax paper squares.

Place confetti on top of the wax squares and stitch the perimeter of the square with a sewing maching

After topping the pile of confetti with the second square, I carefully stitched around the perimeter of the layered square with my sewing machine. I used a long stitch length to avoid perforating the paper so closely that it would tear easily.

Hang the confetti packets from the lanterns. Tie strips of muslin to the frame and used tiny clothespins to clip the other end of the strip to the packets.

To hang the confetti packets from the lanterns, I tied strips of muslin to the frame and used tiny clothespins to clip the other end of the strip to the packets.

Supply List

Wax paper

Variety of paper scraps

Sewing machine

Muslin strips

Tiny clothespins

Paper lantern