DIY Honeycomb Lanterns

If it’s not obvious already, my mantra has always been to try DIY instead of buying. Last year, I swiped a honeycomb lantern from a party.  Craft geek that I am, I deconstructed it. Who would’ve thunk that it was such a simple thing to craft up? Here’s the tutorial for making DIY honeycomb lanterns.

You’ll need sheets of lightweight paper. For this tutorial I used newsprint that was about 30lb or 50gsm. It was the perfect weight!

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I didn’t want to waste any paper, so I cut the sheets in half. Just the right size for 6″ circles.
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I used the Martha Stewart Circle Cutter to cut several sheets of the newsprint. I also cut one circle using a heavy cardstock.

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Fold all the circles in half.

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Then, cut.

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I grabbed a scrap sheet of cardstock to use as my guide. Make sure the sheet is bigger than the size of your circles. With a pencil, I marked the guide at 1-inch increments.

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To make things easier, grab two different colored Sharpies and write over the lines. Make sure to alternate between the two colors.
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Start off with half of the cardstock circle. It will serve as your base.

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Using a glue pen, draw straight lines, using the colors as your guide. Here, I started with the blue lines.

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Then, stick on the lightweight paper.

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Continue, but use the green lines as your guide for the next layer. Keep alternating guide colors with each layer.

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When you get to a good stack, finish off with the other cardstock circle half.

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With clear tape, tightly secure the edge of the stack. This is just to keep everything aligned and in place.

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You’re bound to end up with a perfectionist’s nightmare once you’re done. Don’t worry, you can still trim the edges.

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Let the glue dry a bit before opening and testing out the accordion of the honeycomb lantern.

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All done!

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Such a great way to pretty up a party. It would make a great backdrop for a photo booth, too, don’t you think?

 

Tag @mikkomix or @itrydiy when you post your final projects on instagram. I’d love to see your work! Happy crafting!

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3 Comments

  1. Reply

    Caroline Driver

    December 6, 2016

    1960’s Christmas decorations were like this, in tissue paper

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    Ana

    November 3, 2015

    This is fantastik ❤️l love this job !

  3. Reply

    Deb

    November 2, 2015

    Wow, what a great idea – am looking forward to trying this. Thanks!!

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