Some tips for making paper lanterns include using different types of paper, using colored sheets or those with prints, adding a handle or making holes in the lanterns to hang them, and embellishing the lanterns as desired. In addition, do not cut the paper through its top when creating the lantern's strips.
Normally, a construction paper measuring 11 by 8 1/2 inches is used to make paper lanterns. If desired, cut the paper into two rectangles measuring 11 by 4 1/4 inches to make two paper lanterns. Alternatively, use computer sheets, scrap book paper and tissue paper to make the lanterns. Cut the paper to the required size depending the lantern size desired.
Choose paper of different colors when making multiple lanterns. Use a paper with decorative prints to make fancy lanterns.
When making the lanterns, fold the paper rectangle into half, and cut over the fold till about 1 inch from the open edge to make 1/4-inch to 1-inch-wide strips. Give the lantern a cylinder shape, and push its top edge downwards make the lantern flair out.
If the lanterns are to be hung, attach one or two handles, measuring between 1 and 4 inches in width to the top edge of the lantern using staples or an adhesive. Cut the handles from the paper used to make the lantern. Alternatively, make holes on both sides of the lantern's top edge, insert a piece of string through them, and knot its ends together.
If the lantern is made of plain paper, use colors or decorative stickers to embellish it. Sprinkle glitter over lanterns made of plain or printed paper to decorate them.