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Origami Lanterns

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

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2006


  • 25-inch square of vellum paper

  • 4 feet of string

  • Battery-operated candle

  • Large paper clips

  • Ribbon


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

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