5 Minute Winter Tree Lanterns

5 Minute Winter Tree Lanterns - CraftsbyAmanda.com

That’s right! In five minutes you can have a beautiful centerpiece or decoration for your entryway ready to greet guests. These festive lanterns are super simple and very impressive. Great for New Years!

BUTTON TREE – Several people have already asked about the button tree above the trees. Here’s the link to my tutorial for the button tree. :)

5 Minute Winter Tree Lanterns - CraftsbyAmanda.com

You know the drill. You have guests coming over, dinner is in the oven, appetizers on the table and suddenly you realize that your table lacks a centerpiece or there’s a spot that needs that little extra something.

5 Minute Winter Tree Lanterns - CraftsbyAmanda.comI used transparent paper I bought in the scrapbook section of the craft store, but if you are really in a pinch parchment paper would work beautifully!

5 Minute Winter Tree Lanterns - CraftsbyAmanda.com

I originally made this project for my monthly column in the Chicago Tribune.

5 Minute Winter Tree Lanterns - CraftsbyAmanda.com

Use battery operated LED lights to illuminate your trees and you have the fastest decoration in town!

5 Minute Winter Tree Lanterns


  1. First roll your paper into a cone shape and make note of what edge of the paper will need adhesive.
  2. Apply double sided tape or use a tape runner along that edge then roll into a cone and press edge to secure in place.
  3. Use scissors to trim the excess paper at the bottom of your cone tree so that it stands evenly.
  4. Place each cone tree over the top of an LED tea light and enjoy the beautiful glow!
LED tea lights can be purchased from discount department stores near the holiday light displays. Some craft supply stores carry them year round.


  1. says

    This will be so great for us to make this week. We are going to be at the beach this week and we don’t really have a lot of Christmas decorations so this will be great to decorate the beach house a little bit

  2. Julie says

    Love these and will give them a try! Also was admiring your pretty wall hanging of the bejeweled tree! Did you make that also and if so do you have a link? Totally love it! Thanks!

  3. Alice says

    Oh my gosh these are absolutely the best quick and gorgeous idea I’ve ever seen for decor in a pinch. Thank you so much for the inspiration as I am in need of something like this for our family Christmas get together. I am so glad I decided to take a few minutes to rest and read email. Bless you for saving the day with this post.

  4. Rhonda says

    Love these going to make these today as i am doing a christmas eve party and they will go great out in my porch entry way for every one to see love your work keep up the good job love checking out your email always pleasant and always something i love


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