Make a Rainbow Bright Paper Lantern



I just love decorating paper lanterns. You may remember my dotted tissue paper lantern and my letter lighting project! I think they are an easy way to add major impact Maybe this lantern leads to a pot o’ gold since it is St. Paddy’s day and all )totally unplanned btw).

The cool thing is that you can make this for under $5 bucks in under an hour! Here’s how!

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Rainbow Bright Paper Lantern


– Large paper lantern (20″) – get it on Amazon here
Paper lantern light kit
– Tissue paper squares in rainbow of colors (I got mine on Amazon it’s the only place I’ve seen them)
Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue®


OK, I’m not going to list them out, cause this is one of the simplest crafts you can make…

First you take these tissue paper squares… Note, it’s a lot easier to use these squares than cut up your own – believe me.

Tissue squares

…you glue them in color order to the lantern starting at top. Slightly overlap them as you glue going down the lantern.


Glue any remaining pieces in place and fill in any gaps.

And there you have it!

rainbow lantern

It’s the perfect accent for brightening up any room that needs a splash of color.

Until next time Swellions!



Rainbow Spring Bracelet

rainbow spring bracelet

I was having fun with beads tonight. I haven’t beaded very much as of late, and I just wanted to play with color, shape, and textures. Of course, since it is me, it is bright and colorful and rainbow-like. I couldn’t resist!

It was super easy to make. Just 3 easy steps…

1. Pick out your beads in various large and small sizes. My beads I’ve gathered over the years are arranged in individual baggies in hues of reds, greens, blues, etc. It helps me easily find the coloration I am looking for rather than having to dig through several mini bags of beads.

2. Take a coiled spring wire bracelet and curl the end with pliers. Bead your wire in desired colors, graduating the colors as you go. I clustered a lot of the big beads together and the small beads together. I wanted it to be more random, funky, and fun.

3. Bead spring coil until you reach the end, then curl the end to finish. Wear and rock it out!

It’s fun photographing it, cause it is so colorful. Here’s some more images…

I think it’s a fun and easy bracelet for summer. I’m all about the easy 1 hour project!

artsy spring bracelet

wearing bracelet

spring bracelet 2

And while I’m on the “rainbow” topic, if you haven’t seen this, you must watch. It will make you laugh.

Until next time Swellions!