DIY: Hand-Painted Paper Lanterns

I’ve had these plain paper lanterns in my party supply for ages but have never used them because they were a little boring. I decided to change all that and pulled out my trusty acrylic paints to do the job. Ten minutes later, I had three completely custom lanterns. It couldn’t be simpler.

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Click through for the simple step-by-step instructions

• White paper lanterns
• Acrylic paints
• Paint brush
• Ribbon (optional)

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1. Paint desired pattern on lantern. Use a smaller brush for more coverage; use the paint brush end for dots. Let dry.

2. Tie decorative ribbon to the bottom of the lantern.

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More (Easy!) DIYs from Melanie of You Are My Fave:
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• “Hip Hip Hooray” Party Sign
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Find more of Melanie on her blog.

  1. These are great. I couldn’t find shades for our bedrooms and so bought some cheap paper ones until I find better. I think I will take them down and jazz them up a bit!

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