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Halloween DIY paper lantern

Looking for that eerie glow to help make your Halloween Party really spooky? Abigail of Paper & Cake has a delightfully EASY Halloween Paper Lanterns Tutorial to share with us today! All the elements in this project are customizable, so you can use any patterned paper you like + add your own embellishments like stickers & glitter.


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By: Abigail Barnes of Paper & Cake


Paper lantern materials

Halloween Paper Lantern template
– Scissors or Exacto Knife
– Scoring tool (not necessary, but recommended)
– Ruler
– Double Sided Tape
– Plastic Tea Light (DO NOT use real flame)
– String or Yarn
– Hole Punch


paper lantern step 1

1. Score on the dotted lines to allow easy folding once cut out. Next, cut along all solid lines. This will give you two separate shapes: the walls, and the roof of the lantern.

paper lantern step 2

2. Fold along all scored/dotted lines. The lantern will start to take its shape at this point.

paper lantern step 3

3. Use double sided tape on extra edge of the lantern walls. Adhere to the opposite end to make a box shape. Tuck in bottom of box. Still using the double sided tape, adhere small triangular edges to the sides of the lantern roof to give it its final shape.

paper lantern step 4

4. Hole Punch on designated dots on both the walls and roof of the lantern.

paper lantern step 5

5. Place tea light in the bottom of the lantern. Using string or yarn of your choice, insert through holes and tie inside of lantern.

Halloween paper lantern

Use as decoration or spooky halloween lighting!