How to make a paper lantern with our free templates

Paper lanterns

Whatever the occasion or celebration, these pretty vellum lanterns are sure to set the scene perfectly. We’re going to show you how to make a paper lantern, step by step – it’s so easy!

These stylish home detraction are created using just a few materials and tools, and are straightforward to make. With two methods to choose – cutting out negative shapes, or building up positive ones – you’re spoilt for choice!

Designer Zoë Patching says, “The shadow design is built up with punched vellum flowers – they’re so easy, there’s nothing to stop you from giving both ideas a try!”

When you’ve made your lanterns, they look fab grouped on a table or along shelves.

As the lanterns are made of paper, be sure to use battery-powered LED tealights – much safer than real candles, and they’ll last longer, too!

Shopping list

Basic card kit, plus
A4 Transparent Vellum, from Papercrafter
Invisi Dots for Vellum, from Crafts U Love
Daisy Punch, ref 826-04, from Woodware
Fiskars Eyelet Tool, ref EYE049, from Craft Creations
White watercolour pencil
Craft knife & cutting mat
Metal ruler
Find the lantern template here

How to make a paper lantern

Paper lanterns

1. Trace the design onto vellum. We’ve used a dark pencil here to show you more clearly, but a white watercolour pencil is ideal, as you can lightly sponge off the lines once you’re finished.

Paper lanterns

2. Use a craft knife to cut out the design – try to keep the cut lines as crisp as you can, by cutting a continuous line, rather than stopping and starting. Now use an eyelet punch to decorate with tiny punched holes.

Paper lanterns

3. Once the design is finished, create the cylinder shape of the lantern by overlapping the short sides and sticking with vellum adhesive. Invisi Dots are brilliant and are almost invisible on the finished lantern!

Don’t forget to share your finished lanterns with us by getting in touch via Facebook or Twitter!

Or, you can share this guide on Pinterest using this image:

Paper lanterns step-by-step


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