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How to Doodle Tissue Paper Lanterns

by Jean Van't Hul
September 9, 2015
Tissue Paper Lanterns with Doodles

I came across some super cool DIY tissue paper lanterns on Alisa Burke’s site last Friday and I haven’t been able to stop making them since. I was so excited that I shared the project on Facebook immediately, the kids and I made a round of lanterns that day, which I shared on Instagram, and then I’ve been making them myself and with friends since.

We have a lot of tissue paper lanterns in our house now. It’s awesome.

Tissue Paper Lanterns with Candles Lit INside

Especially at night, when they are all lit.

DIY Tissue Paper Lanterns with Kids

So, the first round we did, the kids and I drew and doodled on white tissue paper with Sharpie markers and with my beloved Pilot rolling ball pens. And then we wrapped the tissue paper art around our drinking glasses and used a piece of tape to secure it.

Candlelight through homemade tissue paper lanterns

These were our drinking glasses after all and I wasn’t sure I wanted to give them up altogether.

Materials for Making Tissue Paper Lanterns

But we were almost out of drinking glasses and I wanted to do more and try different shapes, so went to the thrift store and picked up a box full of glass jars, votive holders, and glasses to use for this project.

Zentangle and a Sugar Skull for a Tissue Paper Lantern

I spent an evening listening to music and doing some zentangle and doodling a sugar skull.

Mod Podge Tissue Paper to Glass Lantern

This one I Mod Podged to a hurricane lantern I picked up at Michael’s when I was buying the white tissue paper and votive candles.

Doodling and Zentangle for Tissue Paper Lanterns

The next evening I had friends over to make more.

DIY Tissue Paper Lanterns we Made at Mama's Craft Night

And don’t think I’m finished! Because I’m not.

I want to make some as gifts. And I want to make some Halloween ones with the kids—maybe ghosts and spiders and haunted houses.

Ready to make some yourself? Here are the basic instructions…

How to Doodle Tissue Paper Lanterns

How to Doodle Tissue Paper Lanterns

Warning. This project is addictive. And you’re gonna want to make more than you think.

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1. Cut a piece of tissue paper to fit around your glass jar.

Drawing on the tissue paper for lanterns

2. Draw and doodle on your tissue paper with permanent markers. You can go black and white or color. They both look awesome on these lanterns.

Tip :: Protect your work surface with a tray, placemat, or piece of paper. The marker will bleed through the tissue paper.

DIY Tissue Paper Lanterns - Adding Mod Podge

3. Brush a layer of Mod Podge on the outside of your glass jar then carefully wrap the tissue paper around the jar. Add another layer of Mod Podge over top if desired. I did in some cases, didn’t in others.

Note :: If your jar is curved at all, you will have to pleat or overlap areas of your tissue paper as you Mod Podge it on to make it fit the shape. 

Tissue paper lanterns with drawings and doodles

4. Let dry.

Candle light through handmade tissue paper lanterns

5. Add a tea light or votive candle, light, and enjoy your beautiful new tissue paper lantern!

By the way, if you haven’t clicked through to see Alisa Burke’s tissue paper lanterns yet, you should. They are beautiful and inspiring.

More DIY Candle Lantern Ideas

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Tissue Paper Lanterns with Doodles
Tissue Paper Lanterns with Doodles

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