Happy almost new year, peeps. Don’t suppose you need some last minute decorations? Bigger is better when going last minute party shopping according to my subconscious, I always get suckered. These were actually made for our deck-warming but wanted to get them posted just in case there are some crazy crafters out there looking for last minute satisfaction for 2012.
Step one, head to your nearest $2 shop, dodgy party warehouse or newsagent. You’ll need a couple of packets of crepe paper per lantern and some double sided tape. I actually used a hot glue gun since I was out of tape.
Cut your crepe into strips, then add notches in each strip. Keep in mind, you’re deciding the butchness of your lantern now. I went pretty chunky (also faster).
Then add your double sided tape along the “seams” of the lantern, or dot glue along the first rib. Simply follow the ribs with your crepe paper, keeping in mind you want to strips to overlap. Like most crafty things the first bit is dodgy then you get the knack and the process speeds up. Sadly you’ll need to start at the bottom, which is most visible. That’s why you serve shots. Drunks don’t nit pick.
So round and round you go until you’re ruffle-tastic. I mixed mine up with some shimmery show-girl lanterns courtesy of a giant role of foil garland I picked up at Reverse Garbage months and months ago. Still going strong, it’s endless.
Now, want to really razzle your ruffles? I stole this idea from Oh Happy Day, except she pimps her lanterns with confetti to make pull-string pinatas. Fill with anything fairly light and pull at midnight. Good clean fun (well, depending on what you fill them with).