DIY Simple & Lovely String Lantern/Chandelier

Here are some string lanterns that I made! I love the organic shapes of the lanterns- they are such cool, quirky, simple decorations that add a really fresh and clean vibe to any space!

Hang them in the corner of your living room above a lamp, in your bedroom, on your balcony, or basically anywhere to make your living space just a little bit cooler and more unique.

DIY simple string lantern/chandelier

You will need: PVA glue; tray for glue (optional); string; balloons; fishing wire; white spray paint

How to:
1) Blow up balloons to desired size.
2) Cut pieces of string (30-60cm*) and run them through the glue- the string should be completely covered with glue.
3) Wrap the string around the balloon- start vertically, then as you can go you can wrap it in different directions.
4) Hang the balloons to dry.
5) When dry (it took approx. half a day) take them down, lay them on some plastic or newspaper, and spray paint them white. Hang them back up and leave them for the rest of the day to dry.
6) Hang them up with fishing wire

Tips for creating:
1) I’m pretty sure most hardware glues- i.e wallpaper glue- will work fine.
2) To create a really round shape make sure you use ROUND balloons. I used normal balloons and they still worked out fine, just not as round.
3) Some instructions say to mix the glue with corn starch and water- I just used plain old glue and it was fine!
4) I didn’t use a tray for the glue, I just poured it on a sheet of plastic
5) I hung my balloons to dry on pieces of string from a clothes horse.
6) Mine really didn’t take more than 4 hours to be completed- I do, however, live in a hot country so this could have increased drying time.

Tips for displaying:
1) You can hang them all at different lengths- this adds a bit of depth and variation to your decoration.
2) Hang them above a lamp to create shadows of the lanterns on the wall.

*The bigger the balloon, the longer my pieces of strings were. Each balloon was wrapped with around 4 pieces.

Inspiration from Ruffled Blog.

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3 thoughts on “DIY Simple & Lovely String Lantern/Chandelier

    • Thank you! Yes, good idea, that would look great too. I was originally thinking of making a string of lanterns all the same size and putting fairy lights inside of them, but as I was making them I got inspired to create the bigger ones and just use them without lights.

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