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Tutorial: Trolls Paper Lanterns!

This weekend is going to be a busy one for Bash Parties. Cara will be over at the Phyllis Bornt Literacy Center on Central Ave. in Schenectady hosting a Cake Bash for the library’s first birthday celebration! Very exciting!

Meanwhile I’m going to be in Averill Park hosting a Trolls Art Bash! Pinterest has a TON of awesome ideas for a Trolls party so I really got inspired after doing a little research. I decided to add troll hair to my paper lanterns as part of the decorations.

Aren’t they cute?!

They’re really easy to put together and I’m very happy with how they turned out! Here’s the DIY instructions for the Trolls paper lanterns:

What you’ll need


Paper Lanterns (mine are 8″ in diameter, but you could use different sizes)

Colorful paper (I used neon copy paper, the thinner paper is easier to work with when cutting and forming the “hair”)

Ruler (not totally necessary but helpful)

Tape (translucent tape and if you have double sided tape that’ll come in handy)

Paper trimmer (again, helpful but you could get away with using scissors)


Thread for paper lantern hanging

Not pictured: Washi tape

Let’s get started!

Give yourself a guideline for cutting

What we’ll do first is prep the paper for cutting. You’ll need two sheets of paper per lantern. Smaller lanterns may only need 1 sheet of paper. What we want to do is fray the paper to create hair. I don’t know about you, but when I’m doing something repetitive I tend to zone out, so I gave myself a guideline of where to stop cutting so I don’t cut all the way through the paper. I measured 1″ from the bottom of the paper and drew a line across.

Note: Because the paper is so thin I just stacked the 2 pieces of paper on top of each other when I made my guideline and did my cutting. If your paper is thicker you may need to cut one sheet at a time.

Cut 1/4″ – 1/2″ sections across the paper. Be sure not to cut all the way through!

Next step is to cut the paper. If you have a paper trimmer just line it up and make your cuts every 1/4″ or so. It doesn’t need to be exactly 1/4″ apart, just keep the cuts relatively consistent.

2 sheets of frayed paper ready to go

Once you’ve made your cuts you’ll need to separate the papers and line them up next to each other, about an 1″ overlapping and tape them together.

Overlap and tape together your 2 pieces of paper

Then you’ll take your paper by the uncut section and make a circle and tape. Make sure your pencil guideline is facing inside the circle, you don’t want it to show on the outside.

Your frayed paper taped together in a circle

Now you need to gather the hair on the top. This is the tricky part. I found that washi tape worked well to hold the top together but you could try ribbon, pipe cleaners, regular tape, whatever works for you. I held a prepped cut piece of washi tape in one hand and held the hair like an ice cream cone with the other and wrapped the tape around all of the hair strands.

Hold the hair like an ice cream cone and apply tape, ribbon, pipe cleaner, etc. to hold the strands together.

Now you have your troll hairpiece! You can leave it plain or you can add some embellishments. I thought it would be appropriate to make one Poppy Troll so I used the pink hair and added her flower headband. Here’s how I did it.

Cut 2 small strands of paper for the headband

Poppy’s headband is green with blue flowers so I first cut 2 small strands of paper (mine were about 1/4″ to 1/2″ wide) and taped them together lengthwise.

Using double sided tape I wrapped and taped the band around the hair piece, cutting off the excess green paper.

I used my Cricut machine to cut out blue flowers for her hair band and taped them on the hairband with double sided tape. If you don’t have a Cricut you can print these flower outlines on blue paper and cut them out with scissors. Template can be found here: poppys-headband-flowers-template

And here’s the finished Poppy troll hair!

Poppy’s pink hair with blue flower headband

The final step is putting the hair on the paper lanterns. I reuse my paper lanterns for lots of events so I didn’t want to permanently attach the hair but you could definitely do that with some dabs of hot glue. Here’s how I attached the hair to the paper lantern without gluing:

This is before I made Poppy’s headband – I think the hair looks cute plain as well!

Assemble the paper lantern as instructed and attach the thread you’ll be using to hang the lantern. I use simple sewing thread to hang my lanterns because they’re so light.

Next you’ll need to “thread” the string through the hair. Tape the end of the string to a pen, pencil or bamboo skewer. Feed the pencil through the hair from the bottom to the top of the hair piece and pull through. Then remove the tape from the pencil. Now the hair is threaded to the lantern. Gently slide the hair to the bottom of the string and have it rest on top of your lantern. You’re all done! Now you just have to hang them!

The Poppy lantern!

I made a couple more lanterns that I embellished them with some stick on jewels, more flowers and bows – feel free to get creative with it!

Overall I’m thrilled with how these little lanterns turned out and I think they’ll be a big hit at the Trolls Art Bash this Saturday. We’ll be posting pictures of the party over the weekend so stay tuned and as always, you can follow us on Facebook to see what else we’re up to. Let me know what you think about our Trolls Paper Lanterns in the comments below and definitely let me know if you try these out for your Trolls bash!

Party on!




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