A fun and creative DIY from DIY Star Finalist, Skaei Knox.


  • 2 embroidery hoops
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Mini-tap light
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embellishing materials - lace, yarn, pompoms, beads

Embroidery Hoop Lanterns - Home & Family


1. Measure the outside circumference of the inner ring of the embroidery hoop.

2. Cut a piece of fabric with one side the same size as the circumference, plus 1 inch for the seam (side A) and the other side as long as you like the lantern to hang (side

3. Fold side A of the fabric in half with the wrong side out, aligning the lengthwise edges, pin closed. Sew a 1/2 seam to create a fabric tube. Turn the fabric tube right side out, then press the seam flat. OPTIONAL: if you do not have a sewing machine, a. hand stitch the side seam - measure with a yardstick and mark with a pencil a 1/2” line from the edge of the fabric. Hand sew a straight stitch along this line; or, a whip stitch with embroidery thread. This second hand-stitching option is a bit more rustic with the threads showing through, which adds a decorative touch!

b. use fabric glue - simply fold the fabric right-side out, then glue 1/2” of one edge over 1/2” of the other. Allow to dry.

4. Using craft glue, apply some around the outer edge of the inner hoop.

5. Stretch the fabric tube around the inner embroidery hoop, lining it up so that the fabric edge is flush with top edge of the hoop. Place the outer piece of the hoop over the fabric and tighten it.

6. Repeat for the bottom hoop. Make sure the screw fastener is opposite the top one so that it will balance the weight.

7. OPTIONAL LIGHTED LANTERN STEP: If you’d like to add light to your lantern, do the following steps:

a. Take balsa wood, and trace the outer edge of your embroidery hoop. Cut out
b. Adhere a mini tap light to the center of your balsa wood circle.
c. Cut out two small triangles on each opposite side to allow for the handle.
d. Using craft glue, glue the balsa wood piece to the top of your lantern.

8. Create a handle for the lantern by threading a needle with a 36-inch length of hread. Double the thread and knot it. Run the needle through the top side of the lantern and loop over the embroidery hoop once and back through. Continue to the opposite side and tie off.

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