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 really 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?
- 3 sheets black card stock
- bone folder
- freezer paper
- orange tissue paper
- black poster board
- Xacto knife or die cut machine
- strong glue
- stapler (optional)
- Using a ruler measure .5 inch from outside of cardstock, and score with bone folder.
- Crease score line.
- Cut .5 in square from each corner, as in example .
- Transfer HGTV pattern to center of card stock and cut out with an Xacto knife.
- Cut a piece of 7.5 x 10 in piece of freezer paper.
- Cut a piece of 7.5 x 10 in piece of orange tissue paper.
- 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 light shine through with freezer paper.
Greensneekers.com has an awesome tutorial if you are not sure how to work with freezer paper. Check it out!
- Glue the tissue paper/freezer paper insert to the back of your card stock cut out.
- Glue the vertical edges together.
- Download the templates for the top and bottom pieces of the lantern here.
- Cut one top and one bottom piece for the lantern out of black poster board.
- Glue the bottom and tops to the lantern.
- You can staple the edges to give added strength to your lantern, if you don't mind the look.
- (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.