For something a little different than plain old twinkle lights, try folding paper around those lights.
How to make origami lights
Click here for the full tutorial after the jump!
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Start with a square piece of paper, I used 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 for these lights.

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Fold diagonal.

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Again on the opposite diagonal.

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Fold in half.
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And again, in half. You should have folded 4 times.

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Pinch the flat edges together to form this point. If you can’t form it, try flipping the paper over.

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Your piece should now look like this.

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Then fold all of the corners up to the middle.

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Like so.

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Then fold the edges into the middle, all four sides.

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Then take the four loose ends + tuck them into the pockets.


One end should have a little hole.


Blow air into that hole, inflating your lantern.
Using the hole, attach the lanterns to the string of lights.

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