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julie rose party diy paper lanternsDon’t be fooled. Paper lanterns have plenty of decorative uses apart from being popped open and suspended from the ceiling by string.

Several years back when my daughter turned six I strung masses of balloons to the diningroom and threaded garlands of the colourful inflated latex from one cornice corner to the other. The balloon pump seemed harder work that the old-fashioned deep breath and blow, so after 20 minutes I was light-headed and ready to pass out. If only paper lanterns were on my radar back then! Isn’t it funny that a simple household item – a paper light shade – has become an iconic party decoration?

I’ve gathered six terrifically inspiring decorative uses for paper lanterns. These easy DIY paper lantern projects are super for parties because you can craft them to match the party theme. The best part – it’s simple and relatively quick to do, plus you may already have all the materials you need around your home.

If you do try some of these please send in your photos – just email them to julie@julieroseparty.co.uk and I’ll feature them on my Pinterest board – and if you have a blog link send it to me too so I can pop it in.

DIY paper flower lanterns by Studio Diy. Click image to be taken to the tutorial

DIY paper flower lanterns by Studio Diy. Click image to be taken to the tutorial

Glitter paper lantern. Simply spray adhesive and roll in glitter. No link available to credit original post!

Glitter paper lantern. Simply spray adhesive and roll in glitter. No link available to credit original post!

From Home Heart Craft is this gorgeous hot air balloon tutorial using paper lanterns. Click this image to be taken to the tutorial

From Home Heart Craft is this gorgeous hot air balloon tutorial using paper lanterns. Click this image to be taken to the tutorial

A nautical theme? This is courtesy if Ikea, stockists of the REGOLIT Pendant lamp shade.

A nautical theme? This is courtesy if Ikea, stockists of the REGOLIT Pendant lamp shade.

From the lovely Tomkat Studio is this tutorial to make sweet candy lanterns. Click this image to be taken to the tutorial

From the lovely Tomkat Studio is this tutorial to make sweet candy lanterns. Click this image to be taken to the tutorial

Beautiful butterfly decorated paper lanterns, unfortunatelt no link to credit the original post. If you know the link please share and I will update

Beautiful butterfly decorated paper lanterns by Martha Stewart.

Follow my 'Inspired by Paper Lanterns' board on Pinterest. Simply click this image...

paper lanterns julie rose party coShop for paper lanterns at julie rose party co – see our selection of lanterns here.

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