Dollar Store Frame Lantern

I love the dollar store! Whether it’s picking up a few necessities, a birthday card or gift bag, candy for the movies, giving the kids a few bucks to spend, or even finding some cute decor items I find myself there a lot. I can’t count the number of times I’ve used supplies from there to create crafts and home decor. Today’s theme is Dollar Store Crafts and I am looking forward to seeing what my fellow crafters come up with. Come join along.

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Today I am showing you how I created this cute frame lantern.

glowing lantern

While I was walking the aisles of the dollar store looking for inspiration I found this cute polka dot tissue paper and started thinking of ways I could use it. You all know I love polka dots. Could I cover a notebook with it? Hmmm…maybe. What about using it to make a wreath? Possibly. Then I walked by the frames and remembered seeing lanterns made from them and something I always wanted to try. The tissue paper would create beautiful panels for the battery powered candles to glow through. Perfect!

supplies for lantern

I just needed a few more materials like super glue, school glue, and lights.

Frame Lantern Supplies


  • 4 frames (I used 5×7″ frames)
  • tissue paper
  • super glue
  • school glue 
  • sponge brush
  • battery powered lights (I used both to create a brighter glow.)

Frame Lantern Instructions


  • Remove the frames from their packaging and remove all of the backs and fillers from the frames.
  • Super glue the glass to the frames and let dry.

gluing glass onto frame

  • Super glue the four frames together to form a box. Let dry. (You could add your tissue paper to the glass before doing this, but I wanted to make sure the box would hold together before doing that.)

box for lantern

  • Cut four pieces of tissue paper that fit the glass. I cut one of the frame pieces to make a pattern first.

cutting tissue paper

  • Starting with one side brush some glue on the glass and adhere the tissue paper into place. Then brush more glue over the top. I used a clear glue, but you could use a white glue or Mod Podge for this.

gluing tissue paper to glass

  • Repeat on the other three sides. I knew the tissue would crinkle and I like that look. If you would rather have something that lays flat you will need to work with the paper and smooth it out.
  • Stand the lantern up and let dry.
  • I added a little snowflake I found at the dollar store, but you could add ribbon or any other decoration piece the dollar store has plenty of or nothing at all.
  • All done. Now just add your lights.

glowing lantern

It turned out better than I imagined it would and I’m thrilled with the pretty glow it gives off. I could see using several of these along a walk way for a party or as table decor. Where would you use something like this?

pinterest share lantern

On a side note….I’ve been hearing lately that there are some that are not feeling the Christmas spirit this year. I’ve been there so I understand. Here are some ideas I had when it happened to me.

Ways to find the Christmas spirit

Be sure to visit our fellow 12 Days of Christmas Bloggers below for even more creative ideas this holiday season!

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop 2018.

Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.


  1. Such a fun and clever idea. I never would have thought to do this! Love it.

  2. I love how you added the polka dot tissue paper to the lantern. It’s adorable

  3. Love it! Really clever.

  4. The polkadot paper is so cute. Great lantern

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