Summer Paper Sack Lantern Tutorial

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Whoever invented paper sacks probably never realized that they would be used for design just as much as they are used to pack lunches now-a-days. They can sure come in handy.

As I mentioned before, I've been trying to find unique ideas for decorations in celebrating the 4th of July. Of course, I went to Martha first, and found some wonderful things to make. Then I came across some gorgeous paper sack lanterns. As pretty as they were, I wasn't willing to commit all that time to punch holes. Plus, they used a real candle, and fire+paper scares me when it's at the dinner table... especially with kids. So, I came up with much simpler version that will require less time and supplies.

  • scissors
  • paper sacks
  • one strand of white icicle lights (or just white Christmas lights)
Step 1

Trace and cut scallops 3-4 inches down from tops of paper bags (I just eyeballed it. I messed up a few times though). You can cut 2 bags at a time so you can really get these done in a hurry.

Step 2
Take the tops that you cut off and fold them in half lengthwise.

Step 3
Trace and cut scallops along the edges and cut the fold off. Now you have 4 scallop strips.

Step 4
Cut a little triangle on each end of the bottom of the paper bags. You will be cutting through 2 layers. This makes room for the wire of the Christmas lights so that bag can stay flat on the table.

Step 5

Cut down the center of the bottom of the bag (only one layer this time). This will be the opening you put the icicle string through.

Step 6
Take the scalloped strips and shimmy them down the paper bag. You can use 1, 2 or 3 strips.

Step 7

Lay the icicle lights out on a table and set the bags on every other icicle string. Pull the string up inside the bag through the bottom slit. Line the wires to come out the little triangles on each end.

You're done! Happy crafting!

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