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DIY paper bag lanterns

If you love to throw the outdoor parties in your backyard then the one thing that is important for such parties is proper lighting. No, we are not talking about the fancy electric lighting but something more along the traditional lines like the ordinary paper bag lanterns. If you find yourself in a situation where you are going to throw a party soon then we recommend you consider our DIY project of DIY paper bag lanterns.

These DIY paper bag lanterns are the inexpensive way of creating your own outdoor and indoor lighting.




The supplies one needs to make these DIY paper bag lanterns are as follows.

  • White paper bags of 3.5*6.5 inches
  • Bone folder
  • Pencil
  • Stencils or stamps
  • X-Acto knife
  • Little pieces of cardboard
  • 22gauge wire which is cut into 17 inches segments
  • Grommets
  • Grommet pliers
  • Tea lights
  • Long matches or a long lighter


Step 1:-

Take the paper bag and fold the top of it over about 1 inc. this would be a tricky step as you might rip a few bags before getting it just right. Move the top of the paper bag in a circular motion and go on little by little. After the top is folded over, pull the gussets on both sides outward and use that bone folder for making the folded top into a cleaner fold.


Step 2:-

Slide the little cardboard pieces in the flat bag so that there is a surface to cut on without a need to cut through the bag’s other side.


Step 3:-

Use the pencil for tracing the stencils and then sue the X-Acto knife for slowly cutting out that design.

Step 4:-

In the middle of the bag, place a grommet about half an inch down from the bag’s top.


Step 5:-

Use the 22 gauge cut wire to create the handle by looping the wire through each of the grommets and then twist it for securing it on both sides.


Step 6:-

Put the tea light in each of these paper bag lanterns and hang on your porch or deck. You can even hang them over your dining table. Light each of the tea lights in these DIY paper bag lanterns with a long matchstick or a lighter.


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