spring lanterns are my fave

March 21, 2013

paper plate lanterns, spring party decorations, diy party decor

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.

paper plate lanterns, spring party decorations, diy party decor

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
– twine

paper plate lanterns, spring party decorations, diy party decor

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.

paper plate lanterns, spring party decorations, diy party decor

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.

paper plate lanterns, spring party decorations, diy party decor

paper plate lanterns, spring party decorations, diy party decor



  • On March 21, 2013 , Valerie said:

    This is so festive and fun! I love your ingenuity!

  • On March 21, 2013 , Joy said:

    These are so pretty! The edges remind me of ranunculus.

  • On March 21, 2013 , Karen said:

    OMG, Mel, this is amazing! I love them, and it’s so simple.

  • On March 21, 2013 , Kelly @ Studio DIY said:

    Melanie! You stop it right now with these. AH-mazing!!

  • On March 21, 2013 , ginger from the style of being said:

    Awesome. Love the irregularity of them.

  • On March 21, 2013 , Lindy said:

    Chocolate chips are never irrelevant! 🙂 Also, love the lanterns!

  • On March 21, 2013 , Lexy said:

    Um, these are darling. I want a bunch hanging from our patio!

  • On March 21, 2013 , Lisette said:

    Inexpensive and clever, the best combination.

  • On March 22, 2013 , Monsterscircus said:

    So lovely idea, and low budget too! Really a beautiful idea, thank you and have a great weekend

  • On March 22, 2013 , Polly Rowan said:

    Wow such a good idea! Looks so pretty. x

  • On March 22, 2013 , nicole said:

    so pretty, simple, and festive! i love all the good ideas i get from your blog…thanks! 🙂

  • On March 23, 2013 , jessica said:

    so freaking pretty! reminds me of the happy happy exhibit at LACMA from a few years back. i do love me some paper plates!

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    What an inspiring idea! I love the sweet colours.

  • On March 23, 2013 , Tony said:

    I am going to buy the supplies for this and take it to my kids Montessori school. So simple, yet very different! Thank you for the idea!

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