I was trying to come up with a way to create an accordion lantern (thoughts like this keep me up at night, my life is so hard) and could not figure out how to fold paper in a way that would work. And then I remembered seeing a paper plate display at Anthropolgie a while ago and instantly drove to Target and bought four packages of paper plates and three bags of chocolate chips (irrelevant). The result would make great decorations for a spring party.
To make your own you’ll need:
- Rit dye (food coloring or Kool-Aid would work too)
- uncoated paper plates in two different sizes (I used 38 large ones & 30 small ones for each lantern)
- nail + hammer
Step one: Dissolve dye according to package instructions in a large bowl. Dip each paper plate in dye (soak longer for more vibrant color), then lay out on paper to dry. Treat yourself to an ice cream cone while you wait for them to dry completely.
Step two: Stack up several of the plates and punch a hole in the middle by hammering a nail through. Repeat until all of the plates have are punched.
Step three: String twine through the holes (I used a large needle) to connect the plates. Simply alternate the direction and size of the plates to create a more lantern-like look. Knot tightly at the bottom to secure.
Step four: Hang-up and party.