Home » $1 and Free, cheap crafts, Headline, Holiday Crafts, Kids, Party Crafts, Weddings

Make Tissue Paper Balloon Lanterns

9 June 2011 62,225 views 8 Comments

by heather

balloon paper lanterns

I am enchanted by these tissue paper lanterns made by Kleas. She used watered-down glue, tissue, and balloons (classic papier-mache style), then when they were dry, punched holes and strung yarn, then hung them from sticks. They are so bright and fun. I bet my kids would have a lot of fun making these! They would also be great wedding or other party decorations. I bet they'd look cute if you used small balloons, too. For safety's sake, I would use battery operated tea lights inside them, or ooh, what about dismantling those solar lights and putting them inside? [how to make tissue paper lanterns] [via]

Project Estimate:

  • Balloons, on hand or $1
  • Tissue paper, on hand or $1
  • Glue, on hand
  • Yarn, on hand
  • Battery-operated tea lights, $1 for 2

Total: $1 and up

Follow Me on Pinterest

Disclosure: this article may contain affiliate links or other forms of sponsored content. Opinions are 100% the author's. Full disclosure policy.


  • Tena Green said:

    These are wonderful. Such a simple craft… one could even do them with their children. I plan on making several of these for my pergola on the deck!

  • mel mccarthy said:

    Stunning tissue lanterns! LOVE the colours madly. Our dollar store has loads of tissue (I imagine they all do, hey?) ;)

  • Kathy V. said:

    Lots of uses for this plus solar lights….we need to try it.

  • Jennifer said:

    I really like that idea, so cool for a summer time pary.

  • Beth/Mom2TwoVikings said:

    I’m doing them right now with my little raiders as a summer craft. We will have them lit plus light sparklers tomorrow night to welcome in the official first day of SUMMER! :)

  • Up, up and away! | Portland Toys from Child's Play said:

    […] Easy Tissue Paper Balloon Lanterns […]

  • sarah said:

    i love this idea. im doing an owl them for my daughters birthday so im going to add eyes and a beak to make them look like owls. and its way cheaper than buying lanterns. thanks for sharing

  • 101 Funtastic Ramadan Crafts and Activities | Muslim Homeschool Guide said:

    […] tissue paper balloon lamps […]