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Foliage Paper Lantern

Foliage Paper Lantern

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Make your own Foliage Paper Lantern

Create your very own paper lantern decorated with the foliage from your backyard!

Foliage Paper Lantern

Foliage Paper Lantern (Ages 5+)

Click below to see a list of supplies you'll need and steps to take to make your own:

Step One

Collect your supplies (supplies listed below). Create a clean workspace with a smooth surface.

Paint, Rocks, Beads, Wire

Step Two

Cut Tissue paper into small squares (2"x2") - this will help match the curves of the balloon nicely.
Scissors, tissue paper

Step Three

Draw a circle around the base of the balloon to create a guide for where lantern opening will be.

Balloon, Marker

Step Four

Tie String or Ribbon around balloon. (This will be used to hang balloon to dry later)

Balloon, ribbon

Step Five

Layer wallpaper glue and Tissue paper around ballon, keep layering until paper seems less translucent (4-5 layers)

Paper Mache, balloon

Step Six

Use Wallpaper glue to layer on foliage, Glue will dry clear, be generous! Then hang to dry for 24-48 hrs.

Plant, Paper Mache, Balloon

Step Seven

Once Fully Dry, Use scissors to cut small hole into the top of the balloon. It should gently pull away and shrink from your Crinkled paper lantern form.

Plant, Paper Mache, Balloon

Step Eight

Use Hole punch to create 4 holes and thread string or ribbon through to hang.

a piece of cake sitting on top of a wooden table

Step Nine

Find a beautiful spot to hang, and place in a battery powered tea light!

a large tree in a forest

Supplies List 

  • Translucent Tissue Paper (white)
  • Foliage
  • Wallpaper Glue
  • Balloon
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Marker
  • Tea Light (battery powered)