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July 4th Paper Lanterns

Give paper lanterns a Fourth of July makeover.




To create a cascading star pattern, as shown here, cluster stars close together at the top of the lantern and paste stars farther apart toward the bottom. Hang the lanterns in a group for maximum impact. When the party's over, fold them up and tuck them away for next year's celebration.


  • White glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Tissue paper
  • Crepe paper
  • Streamers
  • Chinese lanterns


  1. Step 1

    Accordion-fold tissue paper several layers high, and punch with a star punch. (A single sheet will tear under the weight of the punch.)

  2. Step 2

    Combine 1 part white glue with 1 part water.

  3. Step 3

    Brush glue mixture on the lantern; attach stars. Brush another layer of the glue mixture on top.

  4. Step 4

    Attach a single 24-inch strip of crepe paper to the lantern by twisting it around the bottom wire of the lantern.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2012



Reviews (2)

  • Alex George 10 Apr, 2013

    @Kelly, nice. Keel it up! I liked your suggested site
    Thanx for sharing here. The above hand-made lantern is also good.

  • Alex George 5 Apr, 2013

    What an easy way to create a paper lanterns. Liked a lot. After that I also tried to make it on my own at my home but I could not make it properly :-(.
    Then I decided to have it from
    But I will try to make it again for sure.