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How to make Paper Bag Lanterns

Yesterday, we shared our Memorial Day Cook-Out complete with food, decorations and the adorable Memorial Day Printables from The Paper Cupcake. To add a bit of whimsy to the table, we made Paper Bag Lanterns.

Of course, any color of bag will work, we found these at Hobby Lobby in the party section, 10 in a package for $1.99…makes them an inexpensive decoration as well! I spotted the Paper Bag Lanterns over on Landee See Landee Do, and followed most of her directions, changing it up just a little to figure out the easiest way to make them, Doug put together a step-by-step tutorial for you to make it easier.  Let’s gather our supplies…

Paper Bag Lantern Supplies

  • Paper Bags – you can find them at craft stores, as well as Walmart
  • Ruler
  • String or twine
  • Hole Punch
  • Butter Knife or something to crease the folds
  • Scissors

Paper Bag Lantern Directions

  1. Fold the bottom of the bag and match the ends
  2. Cut along the crease
  3. Fold the sides of the bag towards the center, it should look like a capital H
  4. Crease the folds outward
  5. Then you will have a shape that looks like photo 5
  6. Fold each panel again matching the folds
  7. Then you will have a shape that resembles an accordian
  8. Match the folds and punch holes in the top and bottom
  9. Mark the center of the bag, fold it in half over the ruler to create the crease, use the dull edge of the butter knife to make a sharp crease
  10. Pop out all the folds
  11. Run the string through the holes, draw it in a little but not too much. Tie off the string with a knot.
  12. Now is when you will need to pull out any creases that need your attention, take your time

Memorial Day Cook-Out

Linking to…Made By You Monday


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  2. These are adorable. I have never seen this idea. Fun!

  3. These are adorable and it looks like your party had lots of yum food too. Thanks for sharing it all here.

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