Paper Bag Lanterns

Today I thought we’d make some fun paper bag lanterns I saw in an old Martha Stewart entertaining book a long time ago.  I’ve been thinking about doing a little “Welcome Summer” party with my kids on their last day of school.  Nothing fancy but it will definitely involve the BBQ and some lemonade.  I thought these would add the perfect festive touch for practically nothing and very little effort.  Just what I was looking for!

Don’t you just love colorful paper bags?  They are so versatile and can be embellished for all kinds of things.  Plus they are only about $2.99 for 10 of them.  The perfect price.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to make these paper bag lanterns:

Repeat in a few different sizes and colors of paper bags and you’ve got yourself a delightful centerpiece for any party!
Add some battery powered tea lights and they are perfect for an evening dinner party.  Ambiance anyone?
By the way, I spray painted that dark turquoise bag.  I could only find white in that size and that just wasn’t working for me.  The light didn’t come through it but it sure looked cute! :)


{this was what I posted yesterday over at Lolly Jane… thanks again for having me girls!}
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  1. says

    I saw the link to these on a friend’s blog and they’re really lovely. What a fab idea and thanks so much for sharing.
    Fliss x

  2. says

    These are so cute! I have been looking for something like this for my daughters Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party that is coming up and these are perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Anonymous says

    really like the idea but I am pretty sure they can be made with colorful copy paper. start by gluing the short sides of the sheet together, then score the center, fold accordion style and punch holes at the top and bottom. same effect and much cheaper.

  4. Karen says

    Step three’s picture doesn’t really show what you mean; wish you’d been more specific.
    Also, what did you use for lights? Surely not candles … Maybe battery-operated tea lights?

  5. Karen says

    Oops! I do see where you said to use battery-operated tea lights … sorry. Still don’t understand step 3.


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