I took the pages from an old paperback, cut the pages in half and then trimmed off the corners to make one side a semi-circle. Add a paper lantern, and my trusty glue gun and I was off to the races. I decided to glue the pieces on so that every other scallop was on top, and every other scallop was underneath. It was a tiny bit more complicated this way, but I felt that the visual look was worth it.
I wanted the scallops to have a nice loose look, so I used as little glue as possible, just one little dot in each square corner of each piece. This left a nice loose look, and since the paper is so light I wasn’t worried about needing more glue to hold each piece in place.
I have to say, I absolutely LOVE the look of this lantern, in daylight. When it is lit, however I’m not 100% sure. I don’t like how you can see the shape of the scallops so clearly, where it goes from only one layer of paper to two layers. Its not terrible, but its not great either. I’m thinking though, if I overlapped each piece more closely, maybe you wouldn’t have any area only covered by one piece of paper, and the whole lantern would look more cohesive. This project was so easy and inexpensive I might just try another version, maybe with smaller scallops more closely layered. For now though, you can purchase this lantern in my Etsy lighting shop.