Rose: DIY Lantern

For the past several months, I’ve been revamping my dining room. The idea is to bring cohesion between the living room and dining room and make this a cute, fun space. One way to do this is through color and shapes. I settled upon blue and green — accent colors in the living room — and have been since adding more decor to this tiny corner space.

I started with a rug and wine rack. And now I’ve moved on to lighting. Since cost is an issue (paying for a wedding isn’t cheap!), I have been looking for some cool, DIY type of projects. Pinterest to the rescue! I did a bit of searching on paper lanterns and ended up finding this tutorial.


The materials for this project are really simple:

  • One paper lantern (I bought this one for $10)
  • Cupcake liners (I chose these for $10)
  • One lighting kit (I went with this one for $12)
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks

The instructions are also relatively simple:

  • Set up your paper lantern according to the instructions
  • Glue one cupcake liner at a time, working your way around the sphere
  • Handy tip: Keep the ball in a large salad bowl. This will ensure the liners do not get crushed.

All told, this took me about an hour to complete.


Overall, I was really happy with the way this turned out. For now, we’re working on figuring out a good way to hang this lantern. We’re a bit limited since we live in an apartment — but we’ll think of something creative.

Oh, and in terms of money, you could probably do this project for even cheaper than $35. I just had a specific vision in mind for the color I wanted, and these giant cupcake liners worked best.

Stay tuned for a big reveal of the dining room! Coming soon.


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