DIY Scrapbook Paper Lantern

 I will be the first to admit that I have way to much scrapbook paper, and find myself completing zero scrapbooking activities.  However, I hope to redeem myself, or at least justify my paper-hoarding slightly by using some of these beautiful scrapbook papers from JoAnn’s to make this upcycled paper lantern. I have a kind of dark corner along my gallery wall in my living room that needed some warmth and color.  I had picked up a lampshade at a local thrift store, and never returned it when it ended up not working with a lamp I already had.  So, there it sat waiting to be re purposed on my work table in my garage.  It’s more of a work-pile, but it sounds much more organized to say bench so I am going to stick with that.  Are you ready to use some of the paper your probably already have on hand? I don’t suppose you have some glue, and empty jar and twine? Awesome, let’s get crafty…

What you need:

  • lampshade (I used one with a metal ring and base inside of it that the jar could sit on top of, see picture #3)
  • Scrapbooking papers in various textures, colors
  • Scissors, empty soup can, pencil, hot glue, jute twine
  • Flameless tea lights


I used an empty soup can as the pattern for my circles, and on the back of each piece of scrapbook paper, traced around the bottom of the can so I had quite a few circles to overlap and cover my lampshade.  Next, I used an empty salsa jar and applied hi-temp hot glue generously to the bottom and set it inside of the lampshade on top of the metal base.  I also applied more glue and a firm circle of coordinating cardstock to keep the jar stable, as you can see in picture 3.

Next I strung jute twine thru the metal brackets on the inside of the lampshade, as in picture 4, tying it at the top to create a hanger for the lantern.  After that I began gluing the paper circles in place, starting at the bottom of the shade, and allowing them to over-lap creating a scalloped bottom and scalloped effect all the way up the shade. My last step was to cut some of my remaining circles in half and glue them around the top of the lampshade leaving about 1/4″ excess.  I then folded and glued this down to create a clean, smooth edge across the top of the lantern. 

I filled the jar with flameless tea lights and am so excited with the results! Not only was it really easy and fun to make, I was able to use supplies I already had on hand so it was a zero cost craft project.  And, that little corner is warm and colorful now, just what was needed!

Happy crafting, thrifting & creating, hugs and blessings to you 🙂


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  1. zero cost, fun and colorful, used what you had already…looks like a perfect project to me!!

  2. Tanya, That turned out so cute! I love that paper! The papers are just so beautiful that it is hard to resist! I too have a collection and I never even intend to actually scrapbook with them! Life to the full! Melissa

  3. Ah-ha!! Now there's something I would make with all of my scrapbook paper…..I have way too much of it too! Super cute idea 🙂

  4. What a great project. This would look great in one of my girls' rooms!

  5. Adorable, I love it!

  6. Awesome, I love the mix of all the colors and patterns! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  7. Love this idea for my scrapbooking supplies!! I would love for you to link up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch.

    Thanks, Nichi

  8. Love the fun and the pattern! Maybe I could use the same technique for a lampshade…


  9. I love the lampshade! What a great idea. I'm guilty of collecting more paper than I use too!

  10. Super cute idea! And zero cost is the icing on the cake!

  11. That's really cute. Love being able to use those great papers for something that could sit out and show off a little rather than just be inside of a photo album.

  12. Great idea! I love paper and confess to hoarding a stash, too. I will have to put this on my to-do list. 🙂

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  13. So cute! Love the paper you chose, too! Thanks a bunch for sharing this with us this week!

    Take care,


  14. Cute idea! Thank you for linking up to our Pretty Things Party. Hope to see you back next week!

  15. Oh, that is so cute! I love all the patterns and colors. Another great job!!! 🙂


  16. What a cute project, Tanya! I love the colors of the paper. Megan

  17. Love the use of color!

    Popped in from Monday Meet Up ~

  18. That turned out sooo cute! I love that paper you used! I'd be thrilled if you'd link this up to Gettin' Krafty With It!

  19. Super cute! Thank you so much for linking this great project up to the Pinworthy Projects Party over at Just Us Four!

  20. I Love your Paper Lantern! So Pretty & Colorful. I love Flowers & Lots of color.

  21. A great look and a fun project. So glad you shared this on BeColorful this week.
    Thanks so much,

  22. A great look and a fun project. So glad you shared this on BeColorful this week.
    Thanks so much,

  23. I love the scrapbook paper you used to make this. It's so bright and cheery. This is really an interesting idea, especially since it's starting to get darker out. Thanks for posting.

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  28. zb5buc Whispering Misty So sorry you all skip the workshop!

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