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Whimsical lights to make any space feel a little romantic.
My friend got me the prettiest little white lanterns made out of string—I love them, so I decided to try to make some more myself. This project is messy and time consuming and sometimes a little frustrating (aren’t you excited to do it now?!), but the end result is well worth the glue covered hair/clothes/body (really, I promise). I made a string of different sized small balls and put them on white Christmas lights, but you could also make bigger lanterns or even just make a bunch in different sizes to hang from the ceiling without lights.

Posted by Ella - Paper Umbrella Blog from Portland, Oregon, United States • Published See Ella - Paper Umbrella Blog's 7 projects »
  • How to make fairy lights. String Lanterns - Step 1
    Step 1

    To prep mix together the glue, cornstarch and water until there are no clumps and blow up your balloons. If you don’t blow them up all the way, they will be more round.

  • How to make fairy lights. String Lanterns - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cover the balloon in Vaseline/Crisco so that the string doesn’t stick to the balloon once it’s dry. Coat the string in your glue mixture as you wrap it around the balloon. Begin by wrapping vertically and slowly begin to wrap horizontally. Wrap until there are no large holes. If you are planning on putting lights into your lanterns, make sure there is a hole big enough to insert them.

  • How to make fairy lights. String Lanterns - Step 3
    Step 3

    Allow the lanterns to dry until they are completely hard. Use a needle/knife to pop the balloons and pull them out carefully. You may need to use tweezers, depending on the size of the holes you left. There will most likely be a bit of dried glue in the holes. If this bugs you, you can use a knife to carefully scrape it out. It looks a little weird up close, but I decided to leave them on mine because it looks really nice when the light shines through them.

  • How to make fairy lights. String Lanterns - Step 4
    Step 4

    Next, spray paint each ball to give them extra strength.

  • How to make fairy lights. String Lanterns - Step 5
    Step 5

    While you're waiting for the paint to dry, cut your wire into pieces around 2 inches long. Wrap them around the bases of your lights so that the ends stick out opposite sides.

  • How to make fairy lights. String Lanterns - Step 6
    Step 6

    Carefully insert the lights into holes that are just big enough to fit them. Position the wire so that the lights can't be pulled out easily and you're done!

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