Thanksgiving Parchment Luminary Printable

Make an easy and quick Thanksgiving decoration. This paper craft is very similar to the luminary project featured in this article (click here).Just download and print the thanksgiving pdf’s onto 9 x 12 paper, glue the edges and place over a puck light. Couldn’t get any easier and quicker than that.

This project can be done in less that five minutes if you have all of the supplies at hand. This craft is easy and fun for kids.


Download free printable here.


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Parchment Paper Luminary

You might say I am luminary crazy. I have always loved this type of craft, and probably always will. There is something about these lights that are beautiful when lit at night. They make special events and parties that much more enjoyable.

This luminary has got to be the easiest lantern ever! I mean it. All you have to do is cut out your favorite shapes out of black card stock and glue the shapes to the middle of the paper. Glue the ends together, and place over a puck light. Easy peasy!

Puck lights work very well with white parchment paper. You can find them in home improvement stores. You want to make sure you use lights that are battery operated (always consider safety) and have five led lights. I normally don’t care for the bluish white cast of led lights, but these look stunning with white paper and the black cutouts. Heck, after your party you can use the puck lights in your closets or under your cabinets 🙂 Can’t beat that!

The puck lights are a tad bit bigger than 11 inches, so standard 8.5 x 11 paper won’t work. The slightly larger 9 x 12 size works better. You will be able to have approximately one half inch overlap when gluing the ends together, and about one-quarter inch wiggle room.



  1. Cut your favorite shapes out of black card stock. You can do this with a die cut machine, or you can cut the shapes out by hand. If you like my shapes, you can download the cutting files here.
  2. Glue the shapes onto the center of the 9 x 12 parchment paper. Make sure you make allowances for .5 inch overlap when gluing.
  3. Glue the 9 inch ends of the parchment paper together allowing for a .5 inch overlap.
  4. You should now have a long tube shape with the cutout shape in the middle.
  5. Place the tube over a lit puck light.
  6. You are done! It can’t get any easier than this! Don’t you agree?


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triange halloween lantern

Triangle Shaped Halloween Lantern

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I love the decorations, costumes, and candy. It also occurs during my favorite time of the year. I just love fall!

This paper craft project is easy and cheap to make. It just takes a little time, but the results are amazing! All you need is some paper, glue, and a whole lot of patience.

I wish I could take credit for the artwork, but I can’t. The pdf files are from HGTV, and they were originally intended to be used as templates to cut pumpkins. I think they work quite well as lanterns! Don’t you agree?

You can download the templates, courtesy of HGTV here.





  • Three sheets black cardstock
  • bone folder
  • ruler
  • freezer paper
  • orange tissue paper
  • black poster board
  • Xacto knife or die cut machine
  • strong glue
  • stapler (optional)



  1. Using a ruler measure .5 inch from outside of cardstock, and score with the bone folder.
  2. Crease scoreline.
  3. Cut a .5 in square from each corner, as in the example.
  4. Transfer HGTV pattern to the center of cardstock and cut out with a Xacto knife.
  5. Cut a piece of 7.5 x 10 in the piece of freezer paper.
  6. Cut a piece of 7.5 x 10 in the piece of orange tissue paper.
  7. Place freezer paper shiny side up and top with orange tissue paper. Iron the tissue paper to freezer paper with medium heat.   You can use tissue paper without the freezer paper, but I like the lantern to have some stability. There is still an adequate amount of transparency to let the light shine through with freezer has an excellent tutorial if you are not sure how to work with freezer paper. Check it out!
  8. Glue, the tissue paper/freezer paper, insert to the back of your card stock cut out.
  9. Glue the vertical edges together.
  10. Download the templates for the top and bottom pieces of the lantern here.
  11. Cut one top and one bottom piece for the lantern out of black poster board.
  12. Glue the bottom and tops to the lantern.
  13. You can staple the edges to give added strength to your lantern, if you don’t mind the look.
  14. (Optional) If you want to hang or carry the lantern, punch some holes into the top, and add string or wire as a handle.


* I have added another drawing to help give the tutorial clarity. Hope this solves some of the issues people were having. Rita


You can use battery operated tea lights or regular candles to illuminate your lantern.

Always use common sense when burning candles. Never leave a burning candle unattended.


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Recycled Paper Party Lantern

This is a moderate to advanced paper craft, but fun and thrifty to make. Just save your used soda cartons, and decorate with scrapbook paper and vellum. Follow the easy instructions, below, and soon you will have beautiful, cheap, party lanterns.


Instructions for square paper lantern craft:




  1.  Take a 12 pack soda carton and carefully pull it apart at the glued edges.
  2. Flatten the carton into a single cardboard layer.
  3. Cover the finger insert cut out on the printed side of the carton with tape. Masking tape works well for this step.
  4. Cover the finger insert cutout on the back side of the carton with tape.
  5. Measure 11 inches from the bottom fold of the cardboard, and cut using a ruler and X-Acto knife. The top of the package is now one smooth edge.
  6. On the panel that has the tape covering the finger insert, measure and mark .5 inch frame (follow step six picture example)
  7. Using X-Acto knife and ruler cut out the square from panel insert.
  8. Spray the front of the carton with adhesive spray, and attach paper of your choice.
  9. Turn the carton over and using X-Acto knife and ruler, cut from corner to corner in the form of an X.
  10. Turn the paper in the center and fold on edge. Trim the paper and glue down.
  11. Cut out the center insert using an X-Acto knife or your favorite die cut machine. Files for most die cut machines are available for download here.
  12. Cut a piece of vellum the size of the insert, and glue to the back of the insert.
  13. Glue the insert onto the paper carton, and fold the carton into a square shape.
  14. Insert a candle and enjoy your paper lantern!



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Valentine Votive Paper Surround

Here is a quick and easy Valentine paper craft project. Tell the special person in your life just how long your love will last!

All you have to do is download the template, (files for most die cut machines are included), cut out the tea light surround from  12 x 12 card stock, and glue a square of white tissue paper to the back of your cut outs.

Fold the paper tea light surround, (or leave in round shape) and glue the ends together in the back.


There you have it! Valentine surrounds are a quick and easy project that looks great!

I recommend using electric tea lights because they are so much safer than candles, and still look realistic.

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