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Origami Lanterns

Cocktails at sundown are more memorable when you supplement the waning daylight with Asian-inspired lanterns.




  • 25-inch square of vellum paper
  • 4 feet of string
  • Battery-operated candle
  • Large paper clips
  • Ribbon


  1. Step 1

    Fold a 25-inch square of vellum paper following the illustrations; blow into the bottom to expand the paper, and thread a 4-foot piece of string through the hole and out the bottom of the lantern.

  2. Step 2

    Tie a battery-operated candle to string 18 inches from end. Attach a large paper clip to the string about 3 inches above the candle. Pull on the other end of the string until the paper clip catches on the top of the lantern.

  3. Step 3

    Tie a ribbon to string at bottom of balloon; trim excess string. Tie other end of string to a pole.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2006



Reviews (9)

  • 2cutties 5 Jun, 2012

    I made a small sample too and I think I got it right but I noticed in the picture that you can't see the seams on the lanterns. Did I do something wrong because I've got very big and noticeably seems? Maybe the ones in the picture are glued. I also just used printer paper for the prototype, so maybe that's why.

  • Badger8 21 Sep, 2011

    The filtered word is 'h o l e.' How silly!

  • Badger8 29 Aug, 2011

    I made a small sample to figure it out. (I do origami, so I guess I have a head-start there.) More pictures of what to do would really help.
    You have to make a tiny [filtered word] in the top, and finagle the light into the lantern, but it can be done.
    Good luck!

  • purplepoppy 9 Jul, 2011

    I DESPERATELY want to make these for my child's sleepover party for guests ... BUT I CAN NOT UNDERSTAND THE VERY BRIEF 'INSTRUCTIONS' !!! VERY FRUSTRATING - as they look so fabulous!!!

  • angelagomez 7 Aug, 2010

    Where do I find the vellum paper for this project? Thanks!

  • Divalison 4 Jun, 2009

    Boonedesigns, the link you suggested was great. Thanx!

  • boonedesigns 28 Aug, 2008

    Try this link it might help with photos...

  • dhooper219 26 Aug, 2008

    I can't understand the instructions, lost at 3? More details please.

  • RyeBird 10 Jul, 2008

    The instructions are still a little complicated, for me anyways. Need more detail so that i know what i'm doing..thx