Mugwhys Vintage: Wax Paper, Flower, Tea Light Lanterns.... Tutorial

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08 May, 2012

Wax Paper, Flower, Tea Light Lanterns.... Tutorial

I used to make these ever sooooo inexpensive and very easy to make lanterns all the time.  I have supplied dozens to friends and family as table decorations for engagements, birthdays and dinner parties.

All you need is:
clean jars
wax paper
flowers (the thinner the petals or leafs the better, I used Bougainvillea)
clean rag
Wax Paper, Hot Iron and Bougainvillea


The Bougainvillea pulled apart, keep the coloured leaf/bracket and discard the stamen

Place paper WAX side UP

Arrange flowers/leafs on paper

Place another sheet of WAX paper, this time WAX side DOWN on top of flowers and other sheet of paper

Put the clean rag/tea towel on top of WAX paper and iron.  The wax melts and sticks together.

Also makes great wrapping paper and I've also seen it used as a lamp shade, attached to the frame with string.

Cut lengths paper to fit your jar, double over and secure in place with string.  Add a tea light candle, light and enjoy.
I'll show you how to make the string flowers another time.


  1. Wow! That is a great project to know about to dress up candle holders. Thanks so much for sharing how you made those with us. I saw your post over at No Minimalist Here.

  2. How pretty!!! I did something similar for my coffee table a few years ago with orchids. The table was a glass on top so I placed the flowers underneath it and they were the perfect way to enjoy my flowers longer. I love the little yarn flowers. so pretty

  3. So gorgeous. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I am going to have to give it a try. I have been needing some lanterns for my garden table.

  4. What a cute idea! This would be perfect for a backyard BBQ party table!

  5. What a fun and clever idea. Thanks. Thanks also for joining TTT.

    1. Thank you. They are so easy to make and my favourite thing is it is so inexpensive. You can use any flowers. I have just made some with the petals of a bunch of white roses my husband gave me recently.

  6. i never know the use of adobe shadow until i saw this post. thank you for this! this is very helpful.


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