DIY Paper Lanterns & A Garden Engagement Party

This upcoming weekend, my friend hosted a “Garden Inspired Engagement Party,” for our dear friends Brynn and Palmer. In preparation for the lovely shindig, five of us girls got together over the weekend for a “Paper Lantern Party.” For hours DAYS, we suffered hot glue burns, numb fingers, and paper cuts, all for the most amazing. massive. puffy. gorgeous. paper lanterns!!

The final product:

Each 38″ lantern takes approximately 500 coffee filters, and 2 hours to create. I recommend picking up your coffee filters bulk (here), lanterns in bulk (here) and hot glue sticks in bulk (here) too! After an entire weekend of gluing, we are only about 2/3 of the way finished, and will be gathering several evenings this week to knock the rest of them out (K+K have their hearts set on 30 lanterns)!

 Here is all you need:

{574,375,436,252,543} Coffee Filters

{30} Paper Lanterns

{5} committed friends

Hot glue guns & hot glue sticks

Lots of coffee

I couldn’t wait to see these delicate beauties hanging at the party…

All finished and ready to party…

Amazing, right?



  1. Molly @ Duchess of Fork
    September 19, 2011 / 12:49 pm

    Wow, I'm impressed! I thought making a ribbon wreath that takes 4 hours to make took a long time. The lanterns look great and I'm sure the party will be fabulous.

  2. Shae
    September 19, 2011 / 1:25 pm

    Coffee filter? Mint? Key to the Greeks? No tent talking! Loving your blog and hope your burns heal!

  3. The Wanna-be Southern Belle
    September 19, 2011 / 1:43 pm

    oh my goodness those are amazing! What great friends you are šŸ™‚

  4. Rachel
    September 19, 2011 / 2:17 pm

    I have that lamp and I have been looking for a DIY for it- I will def be doing this! Thanks!! šŸ™‚

  5. Katrina Hutchins
    September 19, 2011 / 2:55 pm

    I'm so excited to show everyone this party in its entirety! the lanterns are JUST the beginning! Thanks for posting about this Xtina! šŸ™‚

  6. Alexis @bloomedinjune
    September 19, 2011 / 7:15 pm

    oh my gosh, i LOVE these!

  7. Stephanie
    September 20, 2011 / 12:11 am

    ah these are SO cute!! How simple!!…if only coffee filters came in different colors lol

  8. Lynette Atienza
    September 20, 2011 / 1:41 am

    Love it!!!

  9. Andrea
    September 20, 2011 / 11:54 am

    I LOVE those. Now I know what to do with some of the paper lanterns I had purchased for my wedding. Now I can take them out of the attic and use them again!!!

  10. Lindsey Regan Thorne @ be pretty
    September 20, 2011 / 2:40 pm

    You girls are full of creative juices! I love these! I can't wait to see the final outcome! xo

  11. Wandering Mist
    September 20, 2011 / 3:26 pm

    Great idea. My only concern would be that so many fresh coffee filters have to be used. Can you share something which is recycled… how about used coffee filters? Just a thought… coz im not much into wastage. Im sure this one looks fantastic when lit up.

  12. Nicole-Lynn
    September 21, 2011 / 4:18 pm

    Super cute girlie!

  13. Romance In A Glance
    September 22, 2011 / 2:43 am

    Wow that is gorgeous!!!! I love seeing those hanging around! I'm hosting a fun give away if you're interested in stopping by! Have a great week!

  14. Tiffany
    September 22, 2011 / 5:58 pm

    These are WAY fabulous! Thanks for sharing such a great idea!!

  15. Fashion Meets Food
    September 22, 2011 / 6:24 pm

    How cute is this. What a great DIY project I am definitely going to try this out! xo

  16. Anonymous
    November 10, 2011 / 1:44 am

    I love this!! Are you still able to fold down the lanterns for storage??

  17. Lindsy
    November 29, 2011 / 6:15 pm

    Soak the filters in food coloring, let them dry, and then you can have these cute puff ball lanterns in all sorts of colors!

  18. Linh
    January 5, 2012 / 6:03 am

    i love this!!!

  19. Blu
    August 16, 2012 / 3:34 am

    Do you have a step by step on this? Would be great – it's hard to see the pics up close of the process, and not sure how you folded the coffee filters and glued them down to look so cute! Nice job!

  20. Jackie M
    August 6, 2013 / 8:57 pm

    What lights did you use on the inside or did you use the lanterns with batteries??

    • Kris
      May 20, 2018 / 11:03 am

      Iā€™m curious about this too?

  21. Sixweekslater
    January 24, 2015 / 3:17 pm

    The glue gun didn't burn the paper lanterns?

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