From the Bin: Paper Bag Lantern


From the Bin: Paper Bag Lanterns

Heather from Poppy Haus is with us today with another inspiring DIY project using re-purposed products from the the recycling bin. I don’t know about you, but I have been eyeing these lovely textured lantern lights for sometime. I love that we could make one together as a family…

Hi there! I’m back with another project using materials that usually make it into my recycling bin. This one involves the paper grocery bag stash that I accumulate when I forget to bring reusable bags to the store. Today’s project is both decorative, and if you drop a light inside, quite functional. Kids get to operate a punch, and learn about layering and proportion. My six year old got in on the action with this one.

From the Bin: Paper Bag Lanterns

From the Bin: Paper Bag Lanterns

Step One: Gather Materials:

  • Rice paper lantern*
  • 6-8 paper grocery bags
  • scissors
  • school glue
  • circle punch*
  • a wide bowl
  • wine for hanging

From the Bin: Paper Bag Lanterns

Step 2: Punch circles from paper bags.

 

From the Bin: Paper Bag Lanterns

Step 3. Assemble lantern and place in the bowl (to act as a pedestal).

 

From the Bin: Paper Bag Lanterns

Step 4. Starting at the base of the lantern (the non-hook end) layer the first row of circles using a little school glue to secure, keeping the overlap to about 1/3 of the circle.

 

Step 5. Continue up the lantern, beginning each row slightly off center from the previous row.

From the Bin: Paper Bag Lanterns

Step 6. Once you’ve reached the top layer, fold the top of the circle over into the lantern to create a clean finish.

 

Step 7. Hang using twine, or drop a light cord in to use as a pendant!

From the Bin: Paper Bag Lanterns

Another idea: Use left-over wrapping paper, colored on construction paper, anything with a clean side. Use different punch shapes like inverted hearts, just keep to the simple layering technique.

*Sources:

Readers of my blog, Poppy Haus know that I love to make things with paper lanterns. These rice paper spheres are inexpensive and readily available at stores like Cost Plus, IKEA, and Pier One. You can also hang using a colored cord (fun!) which I’ve seen at Cost Plus and West Elm (online). For this project I used a 16” lantern, and a 2 1/2 inch punch found at Michaels craft store.

 

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