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Christmas Paper Lanterns

Whether you’re looking to save money on decorations for the tree or adorn your home with unique DIY creations, getting crafty this holiday season is a great way to spend the chilly winter days. Use this DIY craft idea to diversify your holiday tree! It’s a fun project for even the most inexperienced craft-maker and doesn’t require expensive materials.

Follow the below step-by-step instructions and don’t be afraid to get creative by using different colours and prints in Scotch™ Expressions™ Tape to tie in with your holiday home décor. 

You can find the products the Scotch® Brand products to make this project at Staples store near you!

The Scotch® Brand Team


TIME NEEDED: Approximately 20 minutes (per ornament)

Scotch® Brand Supplies:

  • Scotch™ Magic™ Tape
  • Scotch™ Expressions™ Metallic Tape, Gold Crinkles
  • Scotch™ Expressions™ Metallic Tape, Red Crinkles
  • Scotch™ Expressions™ Metallic Tape, Green Crinkles
  • Scotch™ Expressions™ Magic™ Tape, Red Stitch
  • Scotch™ Expressions™ Magic™ Tape, Green Print
  • Scotch™ Expressions™ Washi Tape, Silver
  • Scotch™ Expressions™ Washi Tape, Grey Bubble Dot


  • Utility knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Card stock or other craft paper
  • Coloured paper fasteners

Plan and prep. Choose your colour scheme and your product. If you would like to replicate the design we have featured in this project, simply refer to the list above. This tutorial will assume you’ve selected these items.
1200x1200_PaperLanterns_Step1Create the strips. Peel and affix your choice of Scotch™ Expressions™ Tape in rows to the card stock. For this tutorial we used Scotch™ Expressions™ Magic™ Tape in Red Stitch and Green Print. Use your cutting mat, ruler and utility knife to trim the tape into individual strips.
1200x1200_PaperLanterns_Step2Punch the holes. Using the punch, punch three holes evenly spaced apart into each strip you created as shown. Try to punch the holes in the same place each time so that the holes match up easily when you create the sphere.

Create a pattern. Once you have punched the holes, create a pattern by layering each strip you created of Scotch™ Expressions™ Magic™ Tape, alternating between patterns and colours. Take one of the paper tacks and push through the middle punched hole, making sure to flatten the arms of the tack so your paper strips remain in place.
1200x1200_PaperLanterns_Step4Create your sphere: With the pre-tied ribbon handy, carefully bend the strips created using Scotch™ Expressions™ Magic™ Tape into a sphere, matching up the holes punched at the end of each strip. Once you have each end in place, poke a paper tack – with the ribbon attached – into the aligned holes making sure to flatten down the arms so the strips and ribbon stay in place.

1200x1200_PaperLanterns_Step4EXPERT TIP. Alternate the color of your card stock to coordinate with your colour scheme and pattern. Create a day theme and a night theme by switching from bright colours and light patterns in the day, to metallic silvers and golds, and black and greys tones in the evening.


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