Myriad and Exotic Paper Craft Lanterns
Spread Light and Joy by a Home-Made Gift This Festive Season

Paper Craft Lanterns
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Festivity is all about happiness. We await the festive occasions to wear new clothes, visit relatives and friends, gift chocolates and savouries, and decorate our house with lanterns.

Installing lanterns every year is fun! We buy new decorative and creative lanterns to enhance the beauty of our homes. I thought, I might prepare a home-made gift of paper craft lantern.

This is the most economical gift one could create and present it easily. As I prepared at home during weekend, I was super-excited to anticipate the happiness of my relatives. I decided to prepare many and gift them like a bunch of creative Lanterns so that they could decorate their house the way they want.

There is only one hunch I could give you is that keep your creativity at the par!

For Making Paper Craft Lanterns you will need,

  • Colorful Tinted papers or some decorative thick papers
  • Color Sketch pens or Markers
  • Scissor
  • Glue or Adhesive
  • Poster or Water Colors
  • Pencils
  • Protractor or rounder
  • Cutter or Blade
  • Ruler (Small or big as per your convenience)
  • Decorative items. I have used colorful Binds
supplies

Time of Preparation: 20 to 30 minutes

Difficulty: Moderate

As we will prepare three types of lanterns, I will make you follow the procedure step-by-step.

Procedure:

  • 1st Step :- Be ready for the first Paper cylindrical lanterns.

Take a colored paper and draw a rectangle measuring 12 by 7 inch. Cut the paper neatly.

draw and cut a rectangle

Draw the pattern as seen below.  Use the Template,

template

Make the incision using cutter very carefully. Cut it on the three sides.

Make the incision using cutter

Pull the cut portion outwardly to appear like vents for releasing the lights.

Pull the cut portion outwardly

Stick the colorful bindis on the edge to add glamour to the object.

Stick the colorful bindis

Cut more strips on these incised patterns

Cut more strips

Stick the two edges to form a cylindrical shaped.

Stick the two edges
cylindrical shaped lantern
cylindrical shaped lantern


  • 2nd Step :- Adding a variation to the above cylindrical lantern, we could prepare some more lanterns by simply changing the sizes.

See how I prepared two different cylindrical and one square-kind paper craft lanterns.

  • 3rd Step :- Now, we move ahead to second Lantern.

This is little unique and different one as I used some paper tea cups to prepare this.

Collect some tea cups. Pick two of them.

tea cups

Draw a square at the bottom of one tea-cup. Carefully incise the mark using cutter. This is a vent to insert a smaller-sized LED and glow the beautiful lantern.

Draw a square
Carefully incise the mark using cutter

Paint the two tea cup one with yellow and the other with vermilion or orange.

Paint the two tea cup
Paint the two tea cup

Mark the rim of the tea-cup equally in 16 parts by pencil.

Mark the rim of the tea-cup
Mark the rim of the tea-cup

Cut the strips. Press the edges to create some distance between the strips.

Cut the strips

Stick the corresponding strips of both the tea cups using an adhesive.

Stick the corresponding strips

Use a small strip to make a handle of the tea cup paper craft lantern.

Use a small strip to make a handle

  • 4th Step:- You can vary the above lantern by sticking the cups inversely. 

In here, you ought to cut the square shaped incision on the both the bottom of cups.

Paint it Blue or any other color you like.

Paint Blue to tea cup


  • 5th Step :- The third paper craft lantern is another idea from tea-cup itself.

Paint the tea cups of any hue you so desire. I choose Green. I also create crumpled paper prints of Prussian Blue on the green shade. See how wondrous it appears.

Paint the tea cups of any hue
create crumpled paper prints of Prussian Blue

Tip: Let it dry completely before you continue the procedure

Draw small triangles near the bottom and sleek triangles nearby the rims as shown in the image below.

Draw small triangles near the bottom

Incise these marks and not cutting out totally. Pull the cut portion out to prepare vents.

Incise these marks and not cutting out totally

Stick the rims of both the tea-cups to each other. The lantern is ready.

Stick the rims of both the tea-cups

  • 6th Step:- Let’s place all the lanterns together and see how they look.
Let’s place all the lanterns together
Let’s place all the lanterns together
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How to Gift These Paper Craft Lanterns

As they are delicate and fragile, it is essential to pack them in the gift-box. Add frills and newspaper cutouts to provide a padding and avoid friction with others.

Wrap the box and your home-made gift is ready to be presented to you special someone.

Gifts

My relatives were delighted to receive them for the coming festive occasion. You too should follow the suit and spread the light and joy.






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