DIY: Dimensional Paper Lantern

apieceofrainbow23-1I love anything that glows at night! These 3-dimensional blossom lanterns / candle holders are made from 3 things everyone has – old drinking glasses or vases, paper, and candles! I can’t believe this is the first lighting project on my blog considering that’s one of my favorite things to make! Lots more coming!

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Materials and tools:

  • glass with straight sides, such as cylinders or cubes
  • paper : I used Neenah Exact Index Cardstock which worked beautifully to get more of the dimensional effect
  • I used a Silhouette Portrait here- LOVE that little machine! – but it’s easy enough to cut with an X-acto knife
  • double sided tape
  • candles of course!
  • I made these free templates, you can download them here and adjust them to the size of your glasses

apieceofrainbow23- (2)First cut out the leaves and stems, and cut along the lines of the petals, be careful not to cut too much and cut them off.

Next, measure the size of your glass and cut the excess paper away.

apieceofrainbow23- (3)Now the fun part! Gently fold those petals up so the blossoms become three dimensional!

apieceofrainbow23- (4)Use double sided tape to tape the paper onto the outside of the glasses.

apieceofrainbow23- (1)apieceofrainbow23- (5)apieceofrainbow23- (8)apieceofrainbow23- (7)The final step is patiently waiting for sunset to light up the candles and appreciate the beauty and magic of these lanterns!  Spoiler alert: I am almost done with another design, and will share with you in a few weeks!








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