Paper lanterns are one of our favorite things to make. And it seems like you all love to craft them, too! Today we’re showing you how to create these paper lanterns for Valentine’s Day.

If you love to decorate your home for the holiday, these lanterns would look lovely on a table or on your mantel. They would also make pretty table décor for your Galentine’s Day party, wedding, bridal shower, or another event where love is in the air!

Love Lanterns

Our paper lanterns for Valentine’s Day feature two designs: one with cut-out hearts and one that simply says “love.” For our lanterns, we chose two soft pink colors along with two neutral colors. You can find the exact colors linked below. Or you can use whatever colors you like best!

Another thing we always like to add to our paper lanterns is translucent vellum paper. We also sometimes add flameless tea lights to our lanterns. This makes them feel more like real lanterns and can give the room a soft, intimate glow. However, they look just as pretty without the tea lights—the choice is up to you!

When you’re ready to craft these paper lanterns for Valentine’s Day, we recommend using a cutting machine. This project will be much faster and simpler with a cutting machine. But you can also print our PDF template and cut these by hand.

If you have any questions, just let us know! We would love to see how you use these paper lanterns for Valentine’s Day. So remember to post pictures to our Facebook page for members! Or share pictures on your Instagram page with the hashtag #MadeWithLia.

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How to Assemble

  1. Cut the “love” and 3D heart lanterns according to pattern. If using the SVG cut files, be sure to change the magenta lines to “SCORE”.
  2. Cut the vellum pieces according to template notes. Use an adhesive dot roller to adhere to the inside of the lantern.
  3. Fold the lanterns along each fold line, then add glue or adhesive along the long tab on the side. Press to secure closed.
  4. For the tops, cut from vellum and snip a small slit on each corner as indicated in pattern. Fold down, add dab of glue then overlap corners to create a “top”.

paper lanterns for Valentine's Day on books next to paper air plant
paper lanterns for Valentine's Day on pink table with paper boxwood in front of window
paper lanterns for Valentine's Day on top of books with paper plants, paper wreath, and XOXO sign on mantel

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