Seriously, I thought about this paper lantern for about a month, and couldn't get it out of my head, so I finally decided to make one. I was so hesitant about it because our house has really low ceilings, so I wasn't sure where I'd put it. Then I realized that we have a back sunroom (that is currently being used to store garage stuff), that it would be PERFECT in. So later this summer I'm hoping to consolidate the random stuff, get some cute retro/mod/vintage patio furniture, and make it a nice little hangout spot (I'd show you a pic of the sunroom right now, but it only has boring car parts in there!).
The first thing that you need to do is fold a bunch of these origami fortune tellers. Here is a link, if you need instructions, or you can just google "origami fortune teller". I used regular white 8.5'' x 11'' computer paper. I folded it in half the short way, and got two fortune-tellers out of one sheet of paper. For my 20'' lantern, I needed a total of approximately 222 origami shapes. I snagged a cookie sheet from the kitchen and used it as a flat surface to fold them while I was watching TV. In fact, that's how I watched the entire first season of Downton Abbey on Netflix (which is a fantastic show by the way--I am hooked!).
I got my 20'' paper lantern at Pier 1, because that's the only place that I could think of that would have really big paper lanterns. That, and it also happens to be right down the street from my house ;) It was about $10.
If you find that you don't quite have enough space for a full shape once you reach the end of the ring, just cut one in half and stick it in there.
And sometimes I got "help" from an outside source. I think that if he could have crawled in my lap, he would have!
And ta-da! We're done! It only took me about 1.5 weeks of random-movie watching. Not too bad!
While I was laying down on the ground to take the picture above, my puppy got curious, and suddenly this was all I saw...."Umm...hi mom! Whatcha doing??"
Doesn't it look awesome though?
I'm imagining it hanging with a cluster of other lanterns out in the sunroom, kind of like this:
What do you think? Do you want to make one now too? I'm wondering if I should try to make some smaller ones with colored paper. Feel free to come help me fold! :-D