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Pleated Vellum Hurricane Shades

Dress up your hurricane lanterns in a hurry with pleated vellum shades to softly illuminate the dinner table.



  • Hurricane lanterns
  • Colorful vellum 
  • Scoring board
  • Double-sided tape


  1. Step 1


     Use a scoring board to uniformly crease paper: Lay the paper on the board, and use the indentations as your guide to score parallel lines. (Of course, you can fold the paper by hand, using a ruler and bone folder, if you wish.)

  2. Step 2

    Accordion-fold the paper along the lines, wrap it around the lantern, and secure the ends with double-sided tape. We used 1/4-inch, 3/8-inch, and 1/2-inch folds for the shades above, but you can vary them to your liking.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2011