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Polka Dot Tissue Lantern

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This tissue paper craft from Alexa Westerfield shows you how to decorate a paper lantern and turn it in to a polka dot tissue lantern. This project is also great for using up scraps of tissue paper that you don't want to throw away.

Polka Dot Tissue Lantern

Materials:

  • White paper lantern
  • Collage Pauge™ Instant Decopauge (Matte Finish)
  • foam brush
  • scissors
  • several sheets of tissue paper in colors of your choice

Instructions:

  1. Fold tissue paper into several layers as shown.

    Polka Dot Tissue Lantern 2
     
  2. Cut circles into your tissue paper. I used a punch at first, but honestly it didn't work very well. My shapes were irregular, but if you notice, it doesn't hurt the overall aesthetic of the piece.

    Polka Dot Tissue Lantern 3
     
  3. Use a foam brush or your finger to apply Collage Pauge in little areas at a time (you don't want to spread it all over cause it will dry before you get to some parts). I chose to have heavy dots at top that tapered down into smaller dots as I went.


Some things to note:

  1. Don't forget to buy your lightbulb and cord to complete the look when you buy your lantern! But, you might just want it hanging on its own without a light. It will illuminate and glow in your room if hit by sunlight!
     
  2. Try this idea on the little medium or mini string lanterns. Using tissue paper in a rainbow of colors would be soooo pretty!
     
  3. This project isn't too time intensive, but it did take me 3 or so hours to complete. It would be the perfect thing to do while watching the tube!

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Apr 5, 2013

Nice polka dotted lamp. See the here: fully polka dotted paper lantern

 

Feb 29, 2012

If you read it properly you would see that she said she applied dots going from larger to smaller in a tapered effect starting from top of lantern I was not confused upon reading the how to plus you get a lantern frame a round one and apply sheets of tissue to it then once that is dry work on creating the dots and applying them it seems she might of used orange glitter which is something I would do to make it sparkle and shine and would be really cool. As pictured only go down half way with dots and once it's dry you can get a light and cord to put inside the lantern then plug it in and enjoy your new creation this is not for a lampshade you have to use cloth because the light bulb could burn the paper and start a fire.

 

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Jun 17, 2011

cute way to embellish an otherwise boring paper shade. Nice summer project that you could do with an older child

 

Jun 16, 2011

I found it fun, and with a little imagination, I came up with theme shades.

 

May 12, 2011

AT FIRST I THOUGHT OH! YES WE NEED A NEW LAMP SHADE I COULD JUST MAKE ONE...... THEN SADLY IT TURNED OUT TO BE SECOND GRADE ART PROJECT GLUEING STUFF ON AN ALREADY FINISHED PRODUCT..... BUMMER

 

May 2, 2011

If a beginner were to try this, the one thought of confusion would be: ARE WE APPLYING THE DOTS ON THE LANTERN? IT DOES NOT EXPLAIN VERY WELL.

 

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