Owl Paper Lantern Tutorial

This post was originally used as a guest post over on the Paint Me Plaid blog. If you missed it there, here it is again!

Today I'm going to show you how to make these owl paper lanterns!

I found these paper lanterns for $1 at the dollar store while in search for decorations for my sister's owl themed baby shower. They are pretty ugly as is, but I got an idea to spruce them up a bit using some Apple Barrel paint!

I picked three different paint colors that coordinated well with the owl/woodland/orange theme of the shower. 

And squeezed the paint directly onto the lantern...

and then gently bushed it out all over the lantern. 

After the paint dried I cut out pieces of card stock for the eyes and nose and hot glued them on.

I also traced out little feet with card stock.

And then cut them out and hot glued them onto the bottom of the lantern.

Lastly, I cut out wings and hot glued them to the side of the lantern.

Then ta-da! I cute little owl lantern!

I made three of them and hung them off a light above the kitchen table where the food was for the shower. The owls were the perfect touch for the shower! 

I'll be sharing this with all the link parties in my header including Today's Creative BlogSerenity Now, Christina's Adventures.


  1. Those are really cute! I never would have thought of that.

  2. Oh I love these!! Super cute owls :)

    Fancy Frugal life

  3. Very crafty. Love it.
    following oyu from Not Just a Housewife's Link Up

  4. Wow- there are so many things you can do with Lanterns. I just love the owl idea.

  5. So cute! So glad you linked up with us at Show & Share!


  6. So cute! I love owls!

  7. okay - these are so adorable - and such a good idea to transform these lanterns into what you need. Thanks for sharing. Saw you on TT&J

  8. Adorable!! I would love it if you would share them at http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com/2011/11/sharing-saturday-4.html. Thank you!

  9. Those are so cute. You could do all kinds of other animals too I bet. Hmmm. You've got me thinking!