DIY Lanterns: Decor Ideas & Free SVG Cut Files

Black lantern with LED candle and the words

Get my DIY lantern decor ideas to warm up your home, party, or wedding!

Lanterns are one of the easiest ways to bring warmth and joy into a room, and instantly change how it looks. I love making DIY lanterns and over the years I’ve designed many of them. I have many lantern decor ideas to share with you! Just yesterday, I made a very simple and easy LED lantern with the words “Love you to the moon and back” — click here to watch the video!

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This black lantern is a great way to customize a lantern specifically for your needs. Just cut a vinyl decal and place it on the glass lantern. The LED Lantern I bought comes with a flameless candle inside. This type of metal lantern looks great on a console table or coffee table. These also work as an outdoor lantern!

Here are many more of my favorite ideas for lanterns and luminaries you can make on your own! The great thing about making your own lanterns is that you can completely customize them to your decor or occasion!

Lantern Decor Ideas

Here are my favorite DIY lanterns and luminaries for a table centerpiece, a front porch, or a wedding decoration. Most of these ideas are not great for outdoor use (as they are made of paper, with one exception), but they are amazing paper decorations!


Make Paper Star Lanterns to Brighten Up Any Room

Large lanterns like these make a real statement! The star lantern is one of my favorite lanterns of all!


Heart-Shaped Hanging Paper Lantern - SO Easy!

Put some fairy lights in this sweet little lantern and hang it up! String lights work, too, so long as they are LED.


Easy Paper Villages to Cheer Up Your Room

This simple idea looks amazing on a mantle or in your living room. Place a tea light or two behind them to light up the village!


DIY Favor Boxes, Treat Boxes, & Paper Luminaries!

These luminaries are perfect for weddings, bridal showers, and even baby showers.


Paper Rose Arbor Luminary

This arbor luminary is a beautiful way to showcase the silhouette of a special person or couple!


Paper Gazebo Luminary for Moms and Brides

Put an LED candle inside to light up this decorative lantern made entirely of paper!


Paper Birdhouse Luminary with a Hidden Surprise

So sweet, and perfect for spring!


DIY Paper Lanterns: Hearts in Flight

These look like fancy pillar candles!


Japanese Paper Lanterns with Spring Flowers

Four different designs, one super cool lantern!


Christmas Luminaries - 3D Tree SVG Design

The perfect seasonal decor.


Paper Lighthouse Tealight Luminary

This 3-tiered lighthouse will add a magical touch to your home decor.


3D Paper Candles - Make a Menorah or Centerpiece!

Perfect for a dining room table!


DIY Hanging Lamp

Want to add a unique lighting fixture to your home? I show you how to take ordinary cardstock and turn it into this amazing DIY paper lamp that reminds me of some of the trendy lighting fixtures you'd find at IKEA.


DIY Puzzle Lamp

Learn how to interlock 30 plastic pieces to make your own DIY Puzzle Lamp! This "IQ lamp" has a gorgeous wow-effect with or without light!


3d Paper Pumpkin with Fun Designs

Design your own 3D paper pumpkin with this fun "carving" kit with various sizes and designs to customize!


DIY Personalized Candles with Your Own Photos!

Want to use a real pillar candle? This idea allows you to put any text, pattern, or image right into the wax of the candle. Imagine how great these will look at your next party!


DIY Mason Jar Wall Decor: Add Farmhouse Charm to Any Room

Rustic lanterns can be made from Mason jars, too! You can also add some faux greenery or flowers to the jar!


Cardinal Remembrance Vase: Dollar Tree Craft Idea

This popular design is perfect as a lantern, too!


Pop-Up Birdcage - Make a Card or Luminary!

Put an LED tealight in this pop-up birdcase to make a unique little lantern.

Materials to Make the “Love You to the Moon & Back” Lantern

View my Amazon shopping list with the exact items we used to make this project!

Answers to Your Questions About Lantern Decor Ideas

Can I make these lanterns in different sizes?

Definitely! Just resize these to fit your item! 

Get my free SVG files for the “Love You to the Moon and Back” Lantern!

Now, I’d love to see your lantern decor ideas! If you make anything with these designs, please share a photo in our Facebook group, email it to me at, or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.


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