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Paper Lanterns with Patriotic Clip-Art Ribbons

Martha Stewart Living, July 2010


Paper ribbons inscribed with the words "America the Beautiful" dress up accordion-style lanterns. Tuck LED tea lights inside for a safe glow. You can also learn how to make the bald eagle lanterns.

Tools and Materials

  • 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper or 11-by-17-inch paper
  • Accordion lantern, available at Anderson's Giant Party Store
  • Hot glue and hot-glue gun
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil

Paper Lantern How-To 
1. Print and cut ribbon clip art in red or blue and circle clip art for bottom. If using 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper, choose small ribbon clip art; if using 11-by-17-inch paper, choose large ribbon clip art. 

2. Open lantern. For large ribbons, follow instructions as written; for small ribbons, start by gluing ribbons about 1 inch from the edge of the lantern bottom. Continue with instructions as written.

Hot-glue 1 end of each of 4 ribbons to lantern bottom, forming a cross shape. Tack ribbons along lantern sides using dabs of glue at ribs. Fold ribbons over lantern's open end; trim excess. Glue in place. 

3. Using hot glue, attach circle to lantern bottom. With a glue stick, adhere 4 more ribbons in pairs, back to back, making 2 double-sided streamers. Curl streamers around a pencil; hot-glue to lantern.


Get the Blue Clip Art

Large Ribbon
Small Ribbon

Get the Red Clip Art

Large Ribbon
Small Ribbon


Comments (2)

  • jvillar 3 Jul, 2014

    Maybe we can use the clip art from the hat band

  • jvillar 3 Jul, 2014

    Hell0- I cannot find the clipart for the eagle and wings...Please send a pointer...thanks!