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If I’m throwing a summer party, I’m not about to blow my budget on a tiny strand of decorative string lights (I’d much rather splash out on the food!). With this in mind, I set out to make some custom lantern string lights out of simple paper bags. The results, if I do say so myself, are pretty adorable. Watch the video to learn how:

These lanterns make a cute centerpiece as well. They scream summer to me! Just the thing to kick off Memorial Day weekend.

DIY Paper Bag Lantern String Lights

11 Responses

  1. Meg Allan Cole says:

    Love this idea! You could use it in so any different ways too.

  2. Cindy says:

    I love this !
    And I have a pergola in my back yard that I need to decorate for my outdoor summer wedding , any ideas ? Help!!!!!! Lol

  3. Lili_HGTV says:

    This project makes me wish I had an adorable little backyard to string these across. Love it.

  4. Karen S. says:

    For your wedding, Cindy, choose heavyweight wrapping paper and make these lanterns.

  5. Kim says:

    I think it would be cheaper to buy paper lanterns at a Dollar store instead of buying a lot of small colored paper bags and lights. Just saying.

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