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Patio Paper Lantern

Set the mood indoors or out with these easy to make Patio Paper Lanterns from Gloria Uhler.  These fun outdoor party decorations are perfect for everything from an elegant dinner party to a festive Hawaiian party!  These look great indoors as well!

Patio Paper Lantern


  • 4 pieces of card stock
  • 4” piece of 20 gauge wire
  • Twelve beads
  • Wire cutters and pliers
  • Elmers glue
  • Glass votive measuring no more than 2.75” at it’s widest point
  • Ashland LED Lights
  • Model Master #4670 Dark Green Pearl paint
  • Pattern



  1. Print out four copies of the lantern template page on card stock. Stack them with double sided tape between the copies away from the image area. This will hold them together while you cut. Using a craft knife, cut out the design. Use a thick needle to make holes where indicated on each panel.

    Patio Paper Lantern

  2. Spread a circle of glue only on the ring portion of the first lantern piece.

    Patio Paper Lantern

  3. Place the second piece on top, aligning the rings. Position the piece so there are now 6 panels evenly fanned out.

    Patio Paper Lantern

  4. Add the third and fourth piece with glue between them. Do not apply glue on top of the last piece. Your finished lantern will have 12 panels evenly distributed in a circular shape and bonded togehter. Let the glue dry.

    Patio Paper Lantern 
  5. Airbrush both sides of the lantern with Green Pearl paint.

    Patio Paper Lantern 
  6. Make a loop in one end of the wire. To give it a circular shape, use your fingers to smooth the wire around a bottle that measures approximately three inches around. Slip the wire off the bottle and attach one bead.

    Patio Paper Lantern 
  7. Thread the wire through one of the panels and add another bead. Continue doing this until the wire is inserted through all the panels separated by beads.

    Patio Paper Lantern 
  8. Bend the end of the wire into a 45 degree angle. Insert the short end into the loop you made and bend it into a loop to complete a circle of wire.

    Patio Paper Lantern 
  9. Turn on the LED light and place it into the votive.

    Patio Paper Lantern 
  10. Slip the lantern over the glass votive.

    Patio Paper Lantern
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I will try this as it is so cute but I was thinking of buying colored cardstock instead of painting with the pearl paint. I was just wondering if there was a purpose for the paint besides coloring?

these will look great in the darker parts of the garden when we have parties in the summer

I think you could help save paper/cardstock if you put 2 patterns on one sheet. I just inserted my cardstock bottom end first after printing the pattern once, resulting in essentially the same thing. Also, with all of the colored cardstock, you can print it on the color you want. Nancy Hill

Brilliant idea!


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