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Light up the Event With Paper Lanterns

Paper lanterns might be too fragile to make their way into your everyday decor, but they are perfect for parties because they are inexpensive enough to make a handful of them. When the party is complete, you can either save them or throw them away if they become damaged.

Paper lanterns are a really easy way to create a beautiful decor accent. You can style them on your mantel or end tables, and paper lanterns in general are particularly popular for wedding decor. Our paper honeycomb lanterns in gold are gorgeous for fall centerpieces and displays. They also happen to match our Honey Bee Wedding Set if you want to incorporate these into your DIY wedding!

There are two designs for the honeycomb lanterns – a cage design and one with comb clusters and honey bee illustrations. Download the SVG file if you are using a cutting machine, or choose the PDF version if you are cutting by hand. We used two shades of metallic text weight paper with our Cricut (links in Shop this Project), but if you are printing the PDF you can simply use regular copy paper. Once you cut out the designs, fold them along the edges and use double sided tape or a glue dot roller to adhere the tab. We also added little bits of gold ribbon to the top of our honeycomb lanterns as a finishing touch. Pop LED tea lights into the lanterns and voila!

We loved the look of the cage honeycomb lantern, but we did not want to be distracted by the plastic light, so we wrapped a square of metallic vellum around the candle. You can also add some vellum to the inside of honeycomb lanterns to reflect the light. We love how they turned out. These lanterns look great on their own, but you can also hang them or string them into a garland. Use the SVG version to cut the lanterns in different colors for any season or occasion. It’s up to you how you want to style them!

If you’re looking for more paper lanterns you can use in your home or wedding decor, browse all of our designs for paper lanterns. And please share your project photos with us! Email them in or use #DIYDreamingWithLia on your Instagram posts. See how to join our crafting community, and always feel free to send us suggestions for projects you would like to see. Enjoy! ~ Lia and the Team

Light up the Event With Paper Lanterns
Light up the Event With Paper Lanterns
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