July 2020

HAPPY AT HOME: HOW TO MAKE A PAPER LANTERN
A series about creating, learning, and thriving today

At Garnet Hill, we love to fuse elements of nature, contemporary design, and hand-craftsmanship. Here, Kate from our Creative team combines blossoms and leaves collected from her yard with delicate construction details to create a tissue-paper lantern. 

The sculptural design, with its botanical shapes adds a warm, soft glow to any indoor space. Kate’s design offers a hint of cheerful yellow from the flowers she selected, and the end result is an easy way to instantly add cozy ambient lighting to your home. These lanterns are fun to make, too.

WHAT YOU NEED
TO GET STARTED

  • Flowers and leaves
  • Balloon
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush or foam brush
  • LED flameless candle

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN LANTERN

1 | First, gather flowers and leaves from your garden, yard, or neighborhood. I used daffodil petals and forsythia that were in bloom at the time this lantern was made.

2 | Start by mixing Mod Podge with a little bit of water. You want it to be about the consistency of 2% milk.

3 | Cut the tissue paper into 2” x 3” rectangles. They do not need to be perfect. Asymmetry will add character and texture to your creation.

4 | Blow up the balloon to the shape and size you desire. Apply one layer of tissue paper using the glue/Mod Podge mixture and the brush. Cover the balloon as high as you want your lantern to be tall. I leave about 3–6 inches from the top, depending on how big the balloon is once inflated. 

5 | Next, add your flowers on top of the layer of tissue paper. Covering each bloom or leaf with another piece of tissue paper. You’ll want to cover the balloon with at least 2 or 3 layers of tissue paper before you stop.

6 | Once covered, string your balloon and hang it up to let it dry overnight.

7 | When the balloon has completely dried, it’s time to pop it! The balloon should easily peel from the tissue paper. If it is stuck, you may need to gently pull in some places. Be careful not to damage the newly formed tissue shade.  Remember, you can always reshape if necessary. 

8 | Place a flameless LED candle to illuminate your tissue-paper sculpture.

Floral patterns and natural botanicals are great ways to brighten a room. Our Wildflower Linen Bedding offers the windswept look of a vibrant meadow and pops against a background of solid and striped Relaxed-Linen Bedding. Many of our sheet collections have floral components to mix and match, keeping your room looking colorful and new. Fresh flowers are a nice addition to any space, but also consider the preserved greenery and botanicals of an artisan wreath for that touch of natural flair. There are so many ways to make a room bloom. Happy decorating!

How are you staying creative and happy at home? We’d love to read your ideas and see your photos on social media. Share them with us using #GarnetHillFamily and #HappyAtHome on Instagram.


One response to “HAPPY AT HOME: HOW TO MAKE A PAPER LANTERN
A series about creating, learning, and thriving today”

  1. sara d l says:

    I love this idea and am excited to try it with my daughter! Thanks for this suggestion!

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