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Another decoration we used for Pumpkin’s Rapunzel-themed birthday party was these lanterns. As you may remember, in the movie Tangled the lanterns play a big role. I thought it would be appropriate to have some up for decorations.
We spent one evening while watching TV together making the lanterns. Pumpkin and I had picked out the paper she wanted on a recent trip to Michael’s for most of the supplies for her party.
One mistake I made in the planning for this part of the decorations was in the number of sheets of paper to get. I was using 12×12 scrapbook paper. I, of course, didn’t read the directions until we were about to start making the lanterns. It was then that I realized that I needed paper that was 24 inches wide. Of course, 12×12 paper is only 12 inches wide. So, I ended up gluing 2 sheets together. Therefore, I ended up with half the number of lanterns I had originally intended to have as decorations. It worked out fine but would have been really cute if I had more lanterns. If you plan to make these, just keep that in mind. Your paper needs to be 24 inches wide. Then you can cut that 24 inch wide paper into heights between 6.5 and 8.5 inches.
Another idea that I saw on another blog (I looked at so many, I can’t remember where I saw it or I would give credit), if your party is going to be in the evening, you could add glow bracelets/sticks to these lanterns to make them glow. Choose thin paper (i.e. not heavy cardstock scrapbook paper but the thinner type of scrapbook paper) so you have a chance of your glow stick adding some glow. Our party was during the day. I did try putting one glow bracelet into a lantern, but between the paper being a bit thick and the daylight, it was impossible to see any ‘glow.’
Next, I used the same contact paper stencil and the same gold paint that I used for the favor bags and the banners/pendants. I choose not to stencil all of them, just for variety’s sake. For the lanterns that I did stencil, I only added the sun on two sides. I made a total of 5 lanterns and had the sun stencil on 3 of them. I also added some small gems to some of the lanterns. The final touch was adding a purple button and varying colors of ribbon to the lanterns.
All in all, I thought these turned out really well and really added to our Tangled/Rapunzel theme. In fact, they are still hanging in my living room and kitchen as I can’t seem to get rid of them. Since Thanksgiving is coming soon and then I will be decorating for the holidays, I will have to decide soon!