Simple DIY Christmas Lanterns

Nov 22, 2012

This post is sponsored by Digital Parents
christmas decorations

One of the most magical things about Christmas time, for me, are all the marvellous decorations.
We all complain as the shops put them up earlier year by year, but there's something about hanging decorations that brings the festive season together and can instantly turn average spaces into magical Christmas Wonderlands.

Here is a fabulously simple craft that you can make with the kids.
Christmas Lanterns

Materials: Paper Lanterns (buy inexpensively from variety shops or dirt cheap off ebay), sponges, paint, scissors, fishing/jewellery line, 3M Command Clear Decorating Clips

Cut shapes from your sponges. We chose a star design but you could try bell/tree/angel shapes etc

Note:Cut a different sponge shape for each colour you are using. We used 2 colours so I cut 2 large stars and 2 small stars. This is because it will take forever to get all the colour out of the sponge if you wanted to switch colours. Much easier just to use new sponges for each colour.

Press your sponge shape into your paint

Hint: Do not leave your sponge sitting in your paint, it will absorb it. If you're finding your sponge getting too damp you will need to wring it out as it absorbs the water out of the paint.

Then press it carefully onto your expanded paper lantern. 
Press down on all areas of the sponge shape to transfer the paint.

Carefully peel off your shape. If there are patches you have missed you can sponge them in or leave them for that extra character.

If you're using different sized sponge stamps, start with the larger shape and then use the smaller shapes to fill in the gaps.

Your lanterns should sit on the table but if they have wet paint where it may roll, you can stand them on a glass to dry.

We went with the traditional red and white and used a mix of large, medium and small lanterns. 
You can easily adjust the colours to suit your theme

When dry, attach fishing/jewellery line at your desired lengths. (A good way is to cut double the length you need and attach both ends to the wire in the lanterns. You can then just loop them over the hooks)

Using the Command Clear Decorating clips, position your clear hooks on the ceiling where you want your lanterns to hang. (We went with over the dining table)

After following the instructions on the hooks, your lanterns are ready to hang.

As you can see in the pic, the Command Clear range of hooks are hard to spot.
The hook is great for hanging just about everywhere, even upside down like this as they hook around so nothing can fall off.
My camera had a terrible time trying to focus on this hook on the ceiling. It focused better on the fishing line!

Ta-daa! The combination of the 3M Command Clear Hooks and the fishing line mean that even when you are quite close up, the lanterns appear to be floating over the table.

We were really happy with the result (and, after Christmas, we can always use them again in different ways as the design isn't over the top Christmas).


Since discovering the 3M Command Clear Hooks range, I must admit that I've been really enjoying using them in so many different ways. I've been happy to use them just about everywhere because they are easy to use and they come off cleanly and without damaging my walls (or ceilings).

They work especially well on the dark wood of the front door to hang the Christmas wreath and it's great to finally have something that also isn't going to damage the door in any way (shame about the thumb tac hole from last year!)

Not that you can see in the pics above, but we actually left the unused hooks from our earlier decorating on the ceiling still as you can barely notice them and we figure we may one day use them again :)

Click here to see a FAB-U-LOUS way to use the clear hooks. We're doing a similar design at home on the window (post coming).

I could finally hang this Christmas Advent Calendar that I've struggled to hang properly each year! A Command Small Clear Hook was the perfect size.
My 3 year old is loving that it's hung at her height and she's always in there counting the numbers now.

We also used the 3M Command Clear Hooks, teamed with Paper lanterns in the following 2 posts.
(yes, we love them! haha You can click on the links to see more details)

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Good Luck & Happy Decorating,
Debs :)

{Disclosure: this is a paid post for 3M sponsored via Digital Parents Collective. We received some Command Clear Hooks to review for this post. Opinions expressed in this post, as always are purely my own}

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