Paper Lantern Christmas Wreaths

I was rummaging around our craft cupboard when I found these paper lanterns. I had bought them in China Town for some long ago party. They never got used for the party, but I thought they’d make a lovely, simple Christmas wreath.

Paper Lantern Christmas Wreaths

You will need

  • paper lanterns (mine were 9cm diameter and extended to 45 cm long)
  • strong glue (I used a low melt glue gun)
  • spray bottle
  • liquid paint (I used liquitemp non-toxic, washable poster paint in red and green)
  • water
  • string and a stapler or small pegs (I used a pack of Christmas pegs and string that I had bought at a $2 shop long ago)
  • optional: glitter


Extend the lantern to almost it’s full length, then bend it into a wreath (donut) shape and glue both ends together.

Attach the string to the part of your wreath where the two ends join using a peg or stapler.

Fill a spray bottle with paint, approximately 1 part paint to 3 parts water. Go outside and hang the wreath in a tree or in a space that you don’t mind getting paint!

Hand the spray bottle over to the nearest willing child. This is where Pebble stepped in. Let them go for it! Children can choose how  much paint they want to put on and where they want to put it, but be careful not to get the lantern soaking wet, or it may sag or tear.

Sprinkle with glitter if you wish, and allow to dry before hanging up where ever you choose.

Have you recycled any odds and ends for Christmas craft this year?

2 Replies to “Paper Lantern Christmas Wreaths”

  1. Fantastic project, Kylie! You are so clever.
    How have you been since Blogtoberfest? I just wanted to let you know that I’m hosting another (albeit gentler and more introspective) blog challenge over the month of December called #reverb12.
    Would be so rapt if you joined us!
    There’s a little giveaway too. :-)
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    Kat xxx
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