Paper Lantern Tutorial

I’ve got a very simple tutorial on how to make a paper lantern. I’m going a bit overboard with the outdoor candles & patio lighting, but I love them! I showed my favorites when I was on AMNW Local News show  and now I’m showing you a simple simple tutorial for making a quick paper lantern. I like simple. I made these to slip over my favorite glass pillar candles that I pick up at my local dollar store.

Paper Lantern Tutorial

Paper Lantern Tutorail | how to make a simple paper lantern |

There are fancier ones out there, but I love how fast and simple these are.  I don’t plan on keeping them for an extended period of time and it was a fast way to make a center piece.

How to Make a Paper Lantern

Simple Paper Lantern tutorial Today's Creative Life

  1. Cut your paper to the desired size.  I used 8×8, because I wanted them skinny. Play around with different sizes to find what you need.
  2. Fold your paper in half. If you’re working with a paper size that isn’t even………like a 12 x 8, be sure to fold it so your lantern the right direction needed for the desired dimensions.
  3. I used my paper cutter, cutting the folded end and all the way in……leaving about an 1/2 inch uncut from the end. This can be done with scissors or an exacto knife, but I find the paper cutter easier and safer.
  4. Unfold and attach the ends with adhesive.  If it doesn’t look right, you probably have the wrong ends attached.


Place your finished lantern over a jar or votive and enjoy!

(of course, be careful whenever you’re using a real flame.)




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Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration happens everyday! From the Pacific Northwest, Kim is a busy mom who adores her teen son, her middle aged husband and is constantly wiping the muddy paws of her adorable Labradoodle Maybelline. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and loves to decorate with thrift store bargains. You can also find Kim once a month on Portland's AMNW Morning show as their "creative expert". Life is more fun when it's creative!





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  1. Catherine Levy says

    Tyvm, for this chance to win an amazing phone :D! I checked out the demo and liked the windows page…I would have to say that I LOVE the teal live tile :D!

    Catherine Levy

  2. brenda m. says

    I love the combination of tiles. It’s nice to be able to check email, texts and facebook all at the same time.

  3. Crystal says

    Soooo cool! I went to their page, it was awesome! A pink live tile and pink lumia would be EPIC! <3

  4. Lauri says

    Photos tile is my fav. Hands down! What a cool little gadget…and a neat demo. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

    • Margaret Winters says

      I love the fact you can have facebook and email on the same screen! I have two monitors for my computer one has facebook the other my email!! Perfect!! I also love the pink and lime tiles.

  5. Darlene says

    Gotta say the photo tile is my favorite! What a great phone! Thanks for the opportunity to win one! :)

  6. Tina Atkinson says

    I really like the ability to have any individual contact I choose as a live tile on my home screen. I have a Windows phone now and love it. But who wouldn’t love a new PINK one!

  7. DIane Schafer says

    I am going to say that I love the map tile..This may seem odd to some, but the fact that it pinpoints traffic and can redirect me to a shorter route if traffic is bad is amazing in my business..Especially when having to deliver a cake on time to a precious event in someone’s life :0) I can’t believe a phone can do that & allow me to listen to
    My favorite tunes at the same time..What more can one ask for?? Love it!!! Oh and of course it is stylish :0)

  8. Stacey kaDlacSik says

    I love the Facebook live tile since I seem to check it several times a day :) and how I love pink!!

  9. Veronica says

    I love that you can check emails and facebook at the same time. And that I can set an individual contact as a live tile.

  10. stephanie says

    I think the teal is my favorite, but I actually like all the colors except the brown! The 4 bright colors are fun and cheery! I visited the FB page and viewed the demo- such a fun phone! And just think, if I won this phone, we’d be matching our clothing AND our phones at the next blog conference! :)

  11. Laura/ReaderWoman says

    I enjoyed playing with the options on FB, thanks! I really love the messaging feature – a great way for me to keep in touch with my grown-up kids!

  12. says

    I love being able to pin certain contacts like family, friends etc. in one place and being able to pull up their contact info to call or send a text message all from one place. So convenient!!

  13. says

    I think this phone is pretty darn neato. Which tile would I be the most excited by? Sad but true the Office tile. It would be so great to not have to transfer things from the iPhone notepad to word or excel.

  14. says

    Having an iPhone now and seeing the differences between the Windows phone and what it does in comparison, I am sold on the Windows phone, love the connectivity, larger tiles, really impressed and hope I win!

  15. says

    I really liked the thing they showed in the very beginning on how you could use all their features to put together a movie night. How awesome would that be?! Especially since the address and everything is RIGHT there too. Thanks for hosting a great giveaway!

  16. Kimberly says

    I am looking to get a new phone (my other one dropped in the toilet!) and loved seeing this Nokia Lumia 900. I especially loved the Microsoft Office tile. I like the idea of Excel and Power Point being right inside the phone. If I win this phone I can work on presentations for my foundation while sitting in the doctor’s office. Oh and by the way, I choose the pink one (my favorite color).

  17. Amy Adams says

    Love the phone! Pink and user friendly too! I’m pretty impressed with all of the tiles, but, geek that I am, I LOVE the Microsoft Office tile! I have to be super organized and I loved what I saw on the demo!

  18. says

    I’d like the Facebook tile. :)

    I live out in the boonies, and here in Western Tennessee only two phone companies even work out here. Fortunately, AT and T is one of them!

  19. Debb Lou says

    I love Pink … and I love that I would be able to have my email and facebook at the same time… saves time and steps… thanks so much. I would need my teenagers daughters help to actually use this to it’s full advantage; but, I would still love to win this :)

  20. says

    I love the option for facebook and email on same screen but mostly i love how big the tiles are on my phone im always pushing the wrong button because my fingers are so fat.

  21. Mel D. says

    The tile I love the most is the fact that you can customize it so that your favorite blog or sites that are frequented the most such as Facebook or Twitter are a tile away.

  22. says

    How fun is this phone? I love the color options and the message tile is my favorite. I love that it keeps all conversations in one place, that is awesome!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  23. Jennie P. says

    I guess I’m going to say messaging is a great one. Why? Because I’d probably use that the most.

  24. Phillishad says

    I like the xbox live app cause i can remotely control my xbox, which is sooooooooo cool. Also I really need a new phone, I’m going of to college and my phone just died on me.

  25. Jerri Czosek says

    First off I love the word “tile” for this concept. We all know the “App” word but now a catchy title by a company other than the big A. “Tile”is catchy & has that potential for mega stardom. I love the Live Tile for FB/Twitter on the same page & also my favorite… Thanks for a chance at a great giveaway.

  26. Courtney Howard says

    I think the tile I would use the most is the email one! I love the convenience of smartphones!

  27. Amy Hay says

    I really like the music tile. I love listening to music on my phone. Thanks for sharing. Oh, I would use the pink phone with the pink theme.

  28. Chacoy says

    Love the lantern, these would be so cute to line a walk way!

    I like the combination tiles to have multiple apps open at all times is awesome! I have an older phone but would love to have all of my online options in one place, I also love the photo tile(;
    Thank you for the opportunity!