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Dinner at Dusk: Paper Lanterns

Martha Stewart Weddings, 2004

The soft light of paper luminaries sets a romantic mood. Two bags, one fitted over the other, form a box. The lanterns, strung on electric Christmas-tree lights and hung along branches, are tied with ribbon and sway gently in the evening breeze.

Tools and Materials
Strings of full-size Christmas lights with clear bulbs (remove every other bulb)
Light-colored paper bags about 7 inches wide (for each lantern, you'll need two the same size)
A utility knife
A ruler
2-inch round self-stick labels
2-inch-wide single-face satin ribbon (one 48-inch length for each lantern)

Paper Lanterns How-To
1. Trim the tops of each bag to make straight edges. For the top of each lantern, stick a label on the inside bottom center of one bag to reinforce. Reaching inside the bag with a utility knife, cut two 1 1/2-inch slits, making an X on the label.

2. To attach bags to lights, first remove a bulb, and slide the socket through the X, and then screw the bulb back in.

3. For the lantern bottom, slide a second bag up over the first one.

4. Lay the center of the ribbon on top of the wire at the socket; wrap ribbon snugly down sides of bags. Knot at bottom and let ends hang.

Comments (6)

  • manosarriba01 11 Nov, 2011

    I agree with the video will be of great help!

  • rachelgeneve 25 Nov, 2008

    The last step means that the ribbon will run the length of the sides and tie at the bottom. Kind of like wrapping a gift, start with the center of the ribbon at the top. I assume you tie a quick knot here on the socket to secure. You should then have 2 equal lengths of ribbon hanging down. Pull these tight along each side of the bag (again, like wrapping a present) so they lay flat; tie at the bottom of the bag with ends loose so it looks pretty.

  • pnthesilea 25 Nov, 2008

    does anyone know what is meant by the last step? wrap the ribbon snugly down sides of bags? does this mean in between the two bags slid in each other?

  • jwebs 29 Sep, 2008

    this really needs a how to video

  • jwebs 29 Sep, 2008

    this really needs a how to video

  • jwebs 29 Sep, 2008

    this really needs a how to video