How To Waterproof Paper Lanterns – Easy DIY!

DIY Waterproof Outdoor Paper Lanterns — Sharing a tutorial for DIY Waterproof Outdoor Paper Lanterns that will dress up your patio, backyard, or outdoor space for Halloween.

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I can honestly say that my favorite part of Halloween is passing out candy. I would rather pass out candy than to go to any party.

There’s just something about chubby babies dressed up as tigers and little kids with lisps as Spiderman that I find so hilarious. Can you really blame me though?

To keep the decor kid friendly and still able to weather the elements, I made these DIY Waterproof Outdoor Paper Lanterns for a simple and cute entry way.

You can customize bags yourself (like I did). Or you can make this into a five-minute project by just buying store bought paper bags that you love and coating them with outdoor Mod Podge.

Seriously, this stuff is a dream.

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Materials And Tools Needed To Make DIY Waterproof Outdoor Paper Lanterns

Paper bags

Scissors

Vellum paper

Glue

Battery operated candles

Outdoor Mod Podge Water Base Sealer

Foam brush

Sticky letters — Optional

Hole punches — Optional

Watered down black craft paint — Optional

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How To Make DIY Waterproof Outdoor Paper Lanterns

1. If you’re not customizing any bags and are just transforming store bought ones to be waterproof for the outdoors, just use a foam brush and the outdoor Mod Podge over the entire bag.

Place several coats over the bags letting them dry 15-20 minutes in between.

2. The waterbase sealer, glue and finish lets you decoupage for the outdoors and you can use it on any type of surface.

3. Make sure to let it seal for 72 hours before placing them outside.

4. To customize your bag for this look, water down some black craft paint and use a foam brush to paint watercolor type stripes across plain white bags.

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5. Next, use a a small bowl or spool to trace and cut a circle in the middle the paper bags.

6. Glue squares of vellum paper on the inside of the bag to diffuse the light from the cut-outs.

7. You can also use varying sizes of hole punches to add extra interest.

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8. Lastly, place sticky letters to the vellum and then Mod Podge the entire bag.

9. Insert your battery operated lights, and you’re all set!

 

How Do You Protect Paper Lanterns From Rain?

Once the lantern is clean, hang it up somewhere and give it a few good coats of clear spray paint. This won’t make the paper completely waterproof but will help to keep your outdoor light dry in rain or snow!

Can Inflatable Decorations Get Wet?

You can keep your inflatable yard decorations clean by avoiding locations where mud might splash on them when it rains. Regardless of the material they’re made from, these durable and waterproof nylon or other synthetic materials will withstand any storm that comes along!

 Is It Possible To Use Regular Paper Bags For Luminaries?

Making paper bag luminaries is such a fun way to decorate your home for all of the different colors that it offers. All you need are some plain, small bags and they’ll be ready in no time!

 

 

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More Outdoor Decor Ideas

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DIY Outdoor Paper Lanterns

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DIY Waterproof Outdoor Paper Lanterns

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Use this simple tutorial to make your own waterproof paper lanterns!
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time3 d 30 mins
Course DIY
Category Halloween

Equipment

  • Scissors
  • Foam brush

Materials

Instructions

  • If you’re not customizing any bags and are just transforming store bought ones to be waterproof for the outdoors, just use a foam brush and the outdoor Mod Podge over the entire bag.
    Place several coats over the bags letting them dry 15-20 minutes in between.
  • The waterbase sealer, glue and finish lets you decoupage for the outdoors and you can use it on any type of surface.
  • Make sure to let it seal for 72 hours before placing them outside.
  • To customize your bag for this look, water down some black craft paint and use a foam brush to paint watercolor type stripes across plain white bags.
  • Next, use a a small bowl or spool to trace and cut a circle in the middle the paper bags.
  • Glue squares of vellum paper on the inside of the bag to diffuse the light from the cut-outs.
  • You can also use varying sizes of hole punches to add extra interest.
  • Lastly, place sticky letters to the vellum and then Mod Podge the entire bag.
  • Insert your battery operated lights, and you’re all set!
Cost: $40
KEYWORD: how to waterproof paper lanterns

 

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  7. Love these Halloween bags Ashley. I had no idea that Mod Podge had an outdoor option. I have to buy some of this! So many ideas…

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