DIY: Party Lanterns for the Fourth

Let Freedom Ring! The fourth of July is one of our nations biggest holidays. A time to celebrate freedom, and remember the sacrifices men and women make every day for freedom. It’s a time to look forward and know that we have a future to prepare for, a future we leave to our children and grand children, and we must remember our past to properly prepare for our future. But when it comes right down to it the Fourth of July is a time to gather and enjoy the freedom and prosperity we have in this great nation. To laugh and smile and create with all our hearts! Meg and I always host the Fourth of July party for all of our friends and family, so we sat down at the table last evening and began to create our decorations. We had a blast and can’t wait to share this fun little family craft with you.


No craft can be completed without the right supplies. You will need the following.

Vellum (we used white but you can use any color your local craft store has)

Hole punches and scissors

Double stick tape, or two sided tape.

Plastic party cups (to be eco-friendly try saving them after other events, wash them out and reuse for this craft)

Markers and Pens ( you can also print a design onto the vellum with your computer and printer if you so desire, we went for the ‘hand made’ look)


Begin to create, using the markers, pens and hole punches create a design on the vellum. Remember the vellum will be oriented in the landscape or horizontal direction to fit around the cup. Folding and cutting the vellum, or just drawing wonderful patterns is so much fun! Before you know it, you will have created enough lanterns to fill your home with soft candlelight.


Finally attach the double stick tape to one short edge of the vellum and roll the vellum into a tube, adhering the opposite edge to the tape. You should have a cylinder when you are finished. To complete the look, turn your cups on their rims, and set a tea light on each one. Then, after lighting the candle place your lantern over the cup and enjoy the light.

This craft can be used for any holiday, and is such a fun family event. For a little history on this craft, it was inspired by the antique ‘punched tin’ lanterns that the colonists brought over with them.

“The origins of punched metal (or pierced metal, the terms are interchangeable) seems to be lost in the mists of time. Punched tin probably came to our shores with the very first settlers. It is thought that the lantern that hung in the Old North Church to announce “One if by land…two if by sea…” was indeed a local farmer’s pierced tin lantern.

Little punched tin boxes with doors holding small tin cups which could be filled with hot coals were placed in pretty wooded frames and taken out to the carriage or sleigh on cold days and then on to church to be refilled for comfort during long services in unheated buildings. They were called foot warmers and are much sought after as antiques.” – Pierced Tin

Please enjoy, and feel free to post pictures on our facebook page of your lantern creations!

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