Easy DIY Cone Lantern

INSIDE : Learn how to craft an easy DIY Cone Lantern. The perfect way to add color and movement into your room, but using very simple materials!

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There is really nothing better than spending the evening outdoors with friends and family in the summer time.  I am excited to share with you today my sixth #12MonthsofMartha project, an Easy DIY Cone Lantern.  

I’ve had this simple beauty hanging on our back patio in the evenings and it lets off a lovely summer glow.  So let me show you how easy it is to make one for yourself.

What supplies do I need to make Paper Cone Lanterns?

Scrapbook Paper
Battery Powered LED String of Lights
Martha Stewart Metallic Sheets

Silver cording

Martha Stewart metalworking tool set:
Small self healing mat
Rotary Cutter
-Embossing Roller

Easy DIY Cone Lantern supplies

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How to make paper cone lights

First I decided which colors of paper I wanted in small, medium or large paper cones.  

Then, I made a template to follow.  I cut a square sheet of paper along the “1st cut” lines below.  I made three large cones following this template.  

I rolled the paper into a cone and used a thin line of hot.glue along the edge to secure.  I then cut along the “2nd cut” line to make my medium sized cones.

Easy DIY Cone Lantern steps

Metal cone sheets

For the Martha metal sheets, I used the smallest size template (shown above on “3rd cut”).  It was the same basic process to create the cones.  

I used the self healing mat and the rotary cutter to create the shape.  Then, I used the embossing roller to give the metal sheet a gentle curve to it.  

This greatly helped in giving it a smooth shape.  Finally, I secured with Martha’s metal double sided tape.

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Each cone had a small hole at the top and I strung silver cording through it to create the “lantern” look.  I hung each cone lantern at differing heights for visual interest.

Easy DIY Cone Lantern

DIY Paper lanterns

These DIY paper lanterns are fun and easy to hang in any space in your home. I put these hanging above my son’s bed in his room.

Easy DIY Cone Lantern

Then, I strung the battery powered LED lights throughout the DIY Cone Lantern for a soft summer glow!

Easy Cone Lantern dark
Easy Cone Lantern dark2

This DIY would not create enough light on it’s own but it is the perfect evening ambiance lighting.

Do you have fun summer lights at your home?

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  1. Very cute! I love that metal sheets πŸ™‚ Those lights are great too!

  2. This is such a neat idea! Thanks for sharing it at Totally Terrific Tuesday. Please stop by Sparkles of Sunshine tonight to see your feature! πŸ™‚

  3. This is so fun and festive! I could see doing it large scale for an amazing party centerpiece!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Oh my, yes large scaled would be amazing! Great idea.

  4. πŸ™‚ Me again. Clicking over from Dear Creatives, apparently I like your style πŸ™‚
    This is such a cute idea for a party! Pinned this to my party board on Pinterest.

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Glad to have you over here again! Thank you for the pin.

  5. Such a great idea! I love the papers you used, but the color and pattern combinations are endless.

  6. So a cute lantern. I can see this in my daughter’s room.

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Oh, a little girl’s bedroom would be adorable for this! Great idea.

  7. These will look great at my next party! Thanks for sharing the project! You did an awesome job! Pin it!
    Gina Marie from Always Savory

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Yay! They were so simple and a fun way to bring in color and light!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Thanks so much, Noa! It was a fun project to create.

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Thanks so much, Haeley!

  8. This is so beautiful. I love the lights sprinkled throughout!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Thank you, Kati! It was a fun and easy one to make!!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Thank you so much, Valerie!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      I know! I’d love to have bright bold colors for a fun girl party!!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Thanks girl!

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