Turn inexpensive paper lanterns into swanky decor #Decor DIY#lanterns#paper flowers#steal-this-idea May 23 2012 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Photo courtesy of Glue Arts Paper lanterns (like some of our favorites from Luna Bazaar) rock for inexpensive and reusable wedding decor that can fill a giant room or light up a small venue. They can hang from the ceiling or add height and color to a tablescape. But sometimes you're jonesing to add your own DIY signature since they're really just a blank slate. This tutorial shows how to add sweet paper flowers, but you could use the same technique to add all kinds of things: metallic paper, vines, ribbon, cut-out photos, or even paint directly on it. If it's light enough to glue, it's light enough to use. And when the wedding is over, haul it home and hang it in your living room! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Amy & Jess' glittery rustic barn wedding NEXT A sun-filled same-sex Jewish wedding with an eco-friendly mindset Show/Hide comments [ 9 ] Oh My God! This is so happening to my lanterns. 1 agrees Reply Love this! 1 agrees Reply This design is the "Hakari" lantern made famious by the internationally known Japanese Architct Who designed these after WWII to provide light through beautiful art design. I the 1960's in Art school I ofen purchased these and used india inn in various collors to create uniquie Light emitting from the globes huge high in the aire. A Universally beautifu original shape emits a soft light perfect for adding your personal design to this paper Globe. 1 agrees Reply YES! Centerpiece anxiety will no longer keep me up at night. 3 agree Reply Oh man I really need my mom to remember who it was that offered to let us have the lamps from their wedding, our shelter at the park could so use these! 2 agree Reply Forget the wedding ideas, I'm not even engaged and I want to try this. No harm in making it early and using it than too. 1 agrees Reply I love that there's a post about paper lanterns. My fiance and I want to make paper lanterns into planet models and put LED tea lights inside for some extra ambient light. What I'm wondering is what kind of paint should be used on paper lanterns? Or possibly layering tissue paper on the lanterns? 1 agrees Reply I had actually put this idea into action 2 months ago. As soon as i saw some butterfly cut outs the idea came instantly to make center pieces. I make a base at the bottom and placed flowers in the tops. They made gorgeous vases for silk flowers and I can't wait to see what my guests think. Reply Great idea, thanks for sharing! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.