Oh, how I enjoyed making these!
Beautiful Christmas Lanterns.
I’d had the idea to make these for a while but decided to wait till nearer to Christmas so I could decorate mine all Christmassy.
These are pretty big, measuring 6 x 6 x 9 so I plan on having one either side of my patio doors or either side of my Christmas tree.
These are functional lanterns and light up when using a battery candle inside.
I used a patterned vellum which really shows then the battery candle shines through.
There is plenty of space inside for a bigger battery candle if you wish.
To make these lanterns you will need…
4 pieces 6.1/2 x A4 length or 12″ of Kraft card, mine is 300gsm for the 4 sides of your lantern.
Score along the 6.1/2 side at 6″
Rotate your cardstock so the 1/2″ tab is running along the top of your scoreboard and score at 2″ & 4.1/2, then rotate your cardstock so the tab is now running along the bottom and the other long side is now at the top, score at 1″, by scoring this way you can use any length cardstock you like.
Then along the 6.1/2 side with the 1/2 tab on your left score at 1.1/2, 2″& 4″ all down to the first score line only.
3 pieces of 5.1/2 x 5.1/2 velum for each side.
1 piece of 10.1/8 x 10.1/8 black cardstock for your base.
Score at 1″ & 2″ then pop some cardstock into the left-hand side of your scoreboard and score at 8.1/8 & 9.1/8″. Then rotate your cardstock and repeat the same scoring. Revert to my tutorial below for more detail on these steps.
2 pieces of 1/2″ x 12″ black cardstock for your handle and to decorate the chimney part of the lantern.
Approximately a 3.3/4 diameter circle die.
Approximately a 4.5/8 x 4.5/8 square die.
Ribbon, bells and die cut foliage to decorate the front.
The die I used to create the green foliage was from the “Tropical” SU set.
The Kraft card I use is the Docraft Kraftstax I get the 100 sheet pack. It’s 9.99 in The Range but I can’t see it online.
Check out my full tutorial below.
These really do look great and are very strong.
Thank you for popping by.
17 thoughts on “Beautiful Christmas Lanterns”
Oh Sam you are so clever! I can’t keep up with all the lovely things I want to make for Christmas now but thank you for all the inspiration. xxx
Just seen your mini lantern; oh how pretty. Super cute. Just had a thought; you could put a square door with the vellum in on the back held by a brad so it swivels upwards to pop the tea light(s) inside? What do you think? I’ve seen little tissue pack holders with a similar opening. Really gorgeous design Sam
Thanks for sharing
These are simply beautiful Sam, love them xx
It took me awhile, but I figured out how to do a medium lantern. Didn’t turn out too bad..Lol.
Absolutely stunning! What a paper engineer u are. Thank u so much for
I haven’t finished yet hehe, thank you Margie, glad your enjoying my tutorials 🙂
Yep, I’ve seen people do this with the ones they have been sharing on my group. Glad you liked it 🙂
Thank you 🙂
Great stuff, I’m debating weather to do a medium or not, they would look nice in a group of 3! 🙂
Thank you Denise, that’s very kind of you say 🙂
Hi, I’ve made the large lantern following your video. It looks great and I used it in my workshop. It was then I noticed I didn’t have instructions on putting it together. It says tutorial below. I’ve looked but can’t find them. Where are they for printing?
Hi Karen, I’ve just checked and both blog posts are linked directly below each video. I’m confused, if you’ve successfully made it why are the instructions needed? If your after a step by step pictorial I don’t have never have done those. All I every list are the supplies and measurements needed which you can print by all means. If your reaching classes then you would need to teach that part yourself rather then just printing my work to give them. Sam 🙂
Wonderful lantern. Thanks so much for mentioning my tutorial, I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂
Love this piece as well as all your others. Kindle won’t let me comment on you tube. Urghh!
What gsm is your black cardstock?
Hi Sandi, thank you for you comment. I always use card stock above 200gsm I think the black was 270 gsm. Hope that helps 🙂
Thank you so much for the information.