Outdoor Paper Lanterns

Hanging paper lanterns are one of my favorite pool decorations. You get lots of pops of color and they can be hung in a variety of places.




These easy inexpensive decorations bring a festive, party feel for your swimming pool parties - day or night. Having used lots of paper lanterns that have been destroyed by drizzle, downpours or just plain high humidity, I now buy outdoor paper lanterns made of nylon.

10" Apple Green Nylon Lantern - $2.50

from: PaperLanternStore.com


They are just a little more expensive, but what I like about them is ....

1.  You can hang them up ahead of time and it doesn't matter if the forecast is rain

2.  You can leave them up if you want to

3.  They are reusable

The same variety of sizes are available from 10" to 30".  Of course the larger the more expensive.  These pink and lime green hanging paper lanterns were used for decorations for our Flamingle Pool Party.

cheap paper lanterns

We turned these red nylon lanterns into ladybugs for our Ladybug Party with a few black dots and some black curling ribbon.  

cheap paper lanterns

I love hanging them from our patio umbrella ribs in bunches of three - all the same color or to match the party theme colors. 

Lighted Nylon Lanterns


BLOWOUT 16" 12 LED Neon Orange Nylon Standing Battery Lantern - $6.95

from: PaperLanternStore.com

Hang colored paper lanterns on your patio umbrella or in trees near the party area.  String them across the food area, hang them near the pool gate on shepherd's hooks or from your umbrella ribs.

Lighted nylon lanterns come with a bright LED light.  They use three AAA batteries that will last about 12 hours.  The on-off switch is on the bottom.  What's great about these lighted lanterns is that they can also sit on a flat surface .  Use them in your centerpiece or set them on a pillar or ledge for added light.

White Nylon Lanterns


12" White Nylon Lantern - $2.98

from: PaperLanternStore.com

White paper lanterns provide a more elegant, formal feel to a party.

I would especially use them for any outdoor wedding reception, bridal shower or just an evening when the food is more formal than a BBQ.

The nylon fabric gives the lantern a shimmery look which adds to any special occasion.

However, when it comes to paper lantern lights I like the light and the glow that comes from a white lantern better than the glow from a colored lantern. 

But then again, I like only white Christmas lights too :)

Since I've discovered the hanging lanterns made of nylon they have become my "go to" decorations.  No more soggy paper lanterns and I can use these for many seasons.





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