I bought some ten cent paper lanterns over the summer and jazzed them up with a little Mod Podge and tissue paper.
Insert the wire into the lantern to open the lantern up. You can get creative with the tissue paper: You can use decorative or plain tissue paper and cut either strips, abstract pieces, or objects or silhouettes out. Go wild! Then, lay the tissue paper over the lantern and brush two coats of the Mod Podge over each layer. Once it's all dry, you are still able to fold the lantern back up.
For the purple lanterns, I just cut out swirls and curls free-hand and I liked them best:
For the bird silhouette, I traced a chickadee from a bird coloring book and used nail clipping scissors to cut it out. It was tedious, but not too hard:
Hope you all enjoy!