Summer is here! The sun is out, the days are long and it is the ideal time to host a lively gathering with friends and family. Tropical parties are a natural theme for summer get-togethers, so as a simple and charming party decor idea we came up with these DIY pineapple paper lanterns. They will only take a few minutes to put together, and you can easily save them for other parties in the future!
Tools & Materials
- Scissors or Cutting Machine
- Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun
- Gold Glitter Cardstock
- Green Cardstock
- Flameless Tea Lights
Find the template for the pineapple lanterns at the bottom of the post. We cut our pineapple paper lanterns onto glitter paper from Michaels, then found some textured green card for the stem. Both are super easy to find from your local craft store. Once you have your materials, you can start cutting the design. There is an SVG file to use with a cutting machine, which certainly makes it easier to trim out all those little papercut details in the pineapple. If you are cutting by hand, download the PDF version of the design.
Cutting by Hand
Cutting the pineapples by hand will be more time consuming, but it is certainly doable. Print the PDF onto regular copy paper and cut out the design with scissors. Trace this onto the back of a sheet of glitter paper. Then you can cut the design out of the glitter paper. You can leave it as is, or you can cut out the little details using an x-acto blade if you want to make the light shine through. This will give it the look we intended, but we know that making those cuts is more tedious!
Adding the Stem
The stem is made of two pieces that slide together in the middle. Use a hot glue gun to connect all the tabs of the pineapple and close up the cylinder. Then stick the stem on top – you will want some glue to hold it in place. After you finish this, you can add tea lights to your pineapple paper lanterns! Of course, make sure you are using flameless tea lights – fire and paper are not the best combo 😉 Set them out as a fun summer accent for your home decor, or use the lanterns as tropical party decor for your luau gatherings!
If you are lucky enough to have your own cutting machine, browse through all of our SVG files to explore more of your project possibilities. For another pineapple inspired project, find our easy and beautiful tropical wall art project. We love getting you in on our creative process, so always feel free to leave your feedback and project suggestions in the comments below. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for daily inspiration in your news feed, or join us on our crafty adventure by becoming a member of our growing community of creatives. Enjoy! ~ Lia & Team