Okay….. Now! How did I do all these hanging goodies???
Option 1: CHINESE LANTERN HAS A RUN IN WITH AN OBSCENE NUMBER OF COFFEE FILTERS
(AKA: My favorite)
So this one was suuuuper easy and suuuuuuuuper time consuming. But totally worth it and it will steal your heart!
I got the original idea from this girl at Ada’s Interior Design!
Anyway… I just grabbed 2 packages of coffee filters… (Dude, they’re like .89 a package! Isn’t this a cheap upgrade??!)
Take a filter, pinch the center with one hand, and pull up the coffee filter with the other.
I simply started in one spot at the top and began working my way down.
I used a low-heat glue gun because that’s what I had at the time. Ada suggested using the low-heat as well because the big high heat gun can leave some definite marks on one’s skin if you know what I mean! OUCH!
Just put some glue on the tip of the coffee filter and shove onto the Chinese lantern, keeping them all pretty close so as to avoid bare patches.
Be prepared. It takes a while.
A looooong while. BUT it’s AWESOME when it’s done!!!!
Option 2: CHINESE LANTERN GOES OUT WITH SCALLOPED TISSUE PAPER
Less than ideal, taken-late-at-night-when-lighting-was-bad pictures will follow on this next one….
Observe my attractive pj-wear! 😉
Handsome Man’s STUD Scooby-Doo pajamas! Jealous??!
(Scooby-Doo pajama’s suggested but are optional when making this lantern)
I had a few faded ugly brown lanterns so I decided they definitely needed an upgrade. I chose bright, happy orange to cover it and it totally works!
This one was super easy AND super quick. I like those!
Again, low-heat glue gun…. Cut tissue paper into strips. My strips were approximately 4 inches wide. Cut scallops… (Or zig-zags… Or fringe…. Or whatever you prefer)
Starting at the bottom, hot glue round and round the Chinese lantern and push the top of the strip into the hot glue trail.
Like I said, suuuuper easy!
I think I got the idea from here? It was on my Pinterest board anyway!
Option 3: TISSUE PAPER HAS A BAD HAIR DAY
I didn’t really bother doing a tutorial on these guys because everyone and their dog has a tutorial on how to do them.
I used THIS tutorial…. The only change I made was that I used like twice as many sheets of tissue paper as I did the first one and decided I wanted them fuller. And you KNOW how I feel about fullness, right??! 🙂
Option 4: GLITTER UPCHUCKS ON STRAY CHINESE LANTERN
Because I like glitter, at least one of these fellows had to be sparkly!
And no… I didn’t have a tutorial for this…
And no…. I’ve never seen anyone do it…
And no… I had NO clue what I was doing…
But really? When has that ever stopped us before?
Are you with me????
So yeah… I just spray painted the ugly faded brown Chinese lantern with regular gray spray paint and threw iridescent glitter on it as I went along. No science to it at all… Just wing it! 😉
I think that pretty much covers all the DIY stuff I hung…. As previously mentioned I got the yellow Chinese lanterns and the pink POLKA DOT lanterns at Hobby Lobby. I love them a lot. 😉