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Easy DIY Butterfly Lantern Light Fixture

This sweet butterfly lantern decorating project was very easy, and  budget friendly!

Today’s project is a special one to me because I made it for my friend’s daughter’s bedroom as part of a whole bedroom revamp we did for her a little while ago.

I honestly love it when my friends (and family) ask me to help them out with decorating projects, and this friend in particular really handed the reigns over to me for the whole space.

We were working with a specific budget, of course, but I love finding creative ways to make a space adorable without spending a fortune.

And this DIY Butterfly Lantern light fixture is the perfect example of a thrifty and adorable project.

DIY Butterfly Lantern Light Fixture poster.

Back before we started the whole project, I shared this  cute little inspiration board that I did up for the room revamp…..


Nevaeh's inspiration board with pink and white and wooden decor items.


See #8 up there in the top right corner?? Ya, that’s the inspiration for this sweet lantern…but we did a bit of a different take on it.

To make this I used:

– a paper round lantern (from Ikea)
– a butterfly punch (from Michaels)
– a glue gun and glue
– pretty colored cardstock
-lighting supplies to create a hanging bulb from your ceiling fixture- talk to them at your local store to see exactly what you need to do this.

At the lighting store, tell them that you want a cord with a single light bulb outlet on one end that you can wire directly into your ceiling. Alternatively, lots of places sell cord kits if you want this lantern to plug in somewhere and operate on a switch rather then being hard wired in.

DIY Butterfly Lantern Light Fixture and paper butterflies beside it on the table.

It was really easy. All we had to do was punch a bunch of colourful butterflies out of the cardstock, and then use the glue gun to attach them in a pretty random pattern. Don’t go to heavy with them, and play around with the spacing a little before you start gluing. Trying to remove them once they are hot glued will destroy the paper lantern.

The bullterflies on the latter.

We spaced the delicate looking butterflies out a little and had them curve around and up the lantern, kind of branching off at one point with a few heading in another direction.  Like they are flying!

The pink, green. purple and blue butterflies on the paper later.

All done! How cute is that??? Do you think my boys would go for something like this in their bedroom??? (probably not unless it was sharks instead of butterflies…)

Up close of the butterflies in a row on the white paper later.

DIY Butterfly Lantern Light Fixture in a little girls room.

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Easy DIY butterfly lantern light fixture graphic.

I can’t wait to share a few other pretty little projects that we did for her bedroom….and then the big room reveal next week!!

Thanks for reading. And remember my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey!



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