Kick your summer pool party up a notch with these cute and colorful DIY beach-ball paper lanterns.

DIY Beach Ball Paper Lantern by Evite

Time: 30 minutes for each 20″ paper lantern (plus 1 hour drying time)

Level: Easy


  • An assortment of store-bought paper lanterns — we used 10 lanterns that were 20″ each and 4 lanterns that were 6″ each
  • 16-ounce bottle of yellow acrylic paint
  • 16-ounce bottle of orange acrylic paint
  • 16-ounce bottle of green acrylic paint
  • 16-ounce bottle of blue acrylic paint
  • 16-ounce bottle of red acrylic paint
  • 5 foam brushes
  • Drop cloth
  • Twine
  • Fishing line
  • Scissors

Step 1: Build paper lanterns following the instructions on the packaging.

DIY Beach Ball Paper Lantern by Evite

Step 2: Lay out your drop cloth on a flat surface to prevent spills, then paint stripes in your desired colors on every other strip of the paper lantern.

Tip: Use the folds on the paper lantern as a guideline.

DIY Beach Ball Paper Lantern by Evite

Step 3: After you have painted all the stripes, tie a string of twine to two opposing mounts (we used the hinges of opposite doors), and hang your lantern to dry.

DIY Beach Ball Paper Lantern by Evite

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 on each of your remaining paper lanterns. After all of your lanterns are complete and have dried for at least one hour, you can string them up. Double a cord of fishing line, tie off at one end, string your lanterns and tie off at the other end.

DIY Beach Ball Paper Lantern by Evite

Start inviting friends to make a splash at your summer beach or pool party with the free Evite invitation below or another one of our pool party invitations.

Evite Pool Party Invitation


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