Set the table for a crayfish party

August is the month of the traditional Swedish crayfish party, and once again we’ve teamed up with Malin Mörner to create some beautiful crafts using wallpaper. Here we’ll show you how to brighten up your party table with some hats and paper lanterns made of wallpaper.

For this you will need:

  • Wallpapers
  • Scissors
  • Snap-off knife
  • Glue gun
  • String


Crayfish party hats

  1. Draw a circle on the reverse of the wallpaper (I used a 27 cm dining plate to do this).
  2. Cut out the circle and then cut it down the middle to create two identical semicircles. Cut off a further sixth from each semicircle. These are what will become your hats.
  3. On each piece, join the two outer points to create a cone, adjusting it until you have the shape you want. Use a glue gun to fix it in place.
  4. Cut off the tips of the hats and attach a little peak made of wallpaper strips, which you can cut exactly how you want.
  5. To decorate the base of the hat, cut out a long band the length of the hat’s circumference and around 2 cm in height. Make small cuts about 1 cm into the band down its long edge, and then glue it onto the hat with a glue gun.
  6. Make two small holes at the bottom of the hat and insert string that you can tie under the chin to keep the hat in place.

Paper lanterns

  1. The lanterns look best if you make them in different sizes and colours. Get out the wallpapers that you have and cut out a few different rectangular shapes, for example 10 cm x 15 cm, 12 cm x 18 cm, etc.
  2. To make a lantern with a protruding fold in the middle, fold the cut wallpaper along the middle. You can fold either lengthwise or widthwise; what matters is that the fold goes against, not with, the roll of the wallpaper – otherwise the lantern won’t have the right shape. Take the folded wallpaper and cut from the folded edge until a maximum of 1-2 cm from the edge of the paper.
  3. Unfold the wallpaper, roll up the uncut edges and attach.
  4. If you want a round lantern, follow the instructions given above, but instead of folding the wallpaper in half make cuts along the paper, avoiding the very top and bottom edges, as above.
  5. Finally, cut out a strip to attach to the top of the lantern so you can hang it up.

"If you have any wallpaper left over, you can always use it as a tablecloth!"

Malin’s wallpapers

Here are the wallpapers that Malin uses in her crafts. It is easy to order wallpaper samples and get crafting yourself!


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