DIY Upcycled Vintage Magazine Paper Lantern





08-IMG_6282One of my favorite places in my home is our screened in back porch. I love spending time out there reading or drinking my morning tea! I am in the middle of redecorating the porch this summer. I am changing the color scheme and fixing up a couple of vintage metal chairs. I have always had paper lanterns on the back porch, but I wanted to change it up a little. I have seen a bunch of tissue paper lanterns on Pinterest like this one from Martha Stewart. There are a lot of tutorials available for these lanterns out there. This is how I made mine:

Here’s What You Need:

*Paper Lantern

*2″ Scalloped Circle Punch

*Vintage Magazine Pages

*Double Stick Tape



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The first thing you need to do is punch all your circles. Punch a lot. If you think you have enough, punch some more.

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Start at the bottom of your lantern. Place some double stick tape at the top backside of your circle. Tape it down to the bottom of the lantern. Tape down the next circle overlapping the first one by a little bit. Then the next, and so on until you have taped around the bottom in a circle and they are covering the bottom of the lantern.

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Tape your circles in rows around the lantern, overlapping each row over the previous row covering it by about a third or so, and each circle by a bit. Tape in rows until you get to the top. You can fold the tips of the circles over the top of the lantern. Once you are done taping the rows of paper circles, your lantern is ready to hang. Tie a piece of string or ribbon to the top of the lantern where the metal hook area is.




09-IMG_6283This little lantern is going to look so cute on my porch once I get everything cleaned up! I used pages from an old Women’s Day magazine I had that was falling apart. Some of the ads just crack me up! I love vintage magazines! If you can’t find a vintage mag you like, you can use any kind of magazine. Comic books would be fun too, and great for a kid’s room! The best part about this DIY is that it is just so darned fun to make! I’ll be back next week with another lovely project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

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