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Fly Away Butterfly Paper Lanterns

Let your creativity take flight with Aleene’s® Always Ready Original Tacky Glue®! Adhere butterflies to dyed paper lanterns for pretty adornments to your favorite outdoor spaces. 



1. Cover work surface with a plastic table cover. Mix dye according to package instructions.

2. In a plastic bowl, mix a small amount of dye with additional water to create a light dilution of violet. Test color on a scrap paper and add additional water or dye to achieve your desired light shade of violet.

3. Pour diluted dye onto one plate and full-strength dye onto another.

4. Dip lanterns into diluted dye in random fashions. Hang to dry.

5. Dip lanterns a second time into full-strength dye and hang to dry.

6. While your lantern dries, begin cutting out your butterflies. Find a template online with butterfly shapes that you like or you can create your own. Trace or print these templates onto standard white paper and cut out as many butterflies as you think you will need. This project used approximately 45 butterflies.

7. Once your lanterns are dry and your butterflies are cut out, begin gluing the butterflies to the lantern using Quick Dry Tacky Glue. For this project the butterflies were grouped together in one area from top to bottom.

8. Hold the butterfly in place for a few seconds and repeat until all butterflies are adhered. Cut out and glue additional butterflies as necessary for desired coverage and design.

9. Hang your lanterns to dry for at least 2 hours.


  • Paper lanterns (assorted sizes)
  • Disposable plastic table cover
  • Shallow plastic or foam plates
  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • Butterfly template (found online)
  • Plastic bowl for dye mixing

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