Here comes another set of DIY paper lanterns with a new floral design. This time they are glowing colored light!
( Some of the helpful resources are affiliate links. Full disclosure here. ) Although it is nice to have a bright candle flickering inside the paper lantern, I highly recommend using LED candles or these LED Warm White String Lights which are very bright, and are safer than real candles!
In case you missed the first set of DIY paper lanterns, here they are.
I will list all the materials below again to make thing easier. ( Some of the helpful resources are affiliate links. Full disclosure here. )
Materials and tools:
- glass with straight sides, such as cylinders or cubes
- LED candles or these LED Warm White String Lights which are very bright, and are safer than real candles!
- white paper : I used this great quality index card stock , which worked beautifully to get more of the dimensional effect. There’s a lot of confusion between index vs cover (heavier) card stock, and the ways paper weight is labeled. This paper is the perfect weight, not too flimsy like text paper, not too heavy yet hold its shape nicely.
- Colored Vellum Paper
- you can use a Silhouette Portrait or Cameo, but it’s easy enough to cut with an X-acto knife. And free templates which you can download at the end
- scotch tape
I made these free templates, you can download at the end!
The process is the same as the first tutorial– after cutting them by hand or on your Silhouette, fold those petals up so the blossoms become three dimensional.
This pattern is a little more intricate, so use a spatula or butter knife to help lift them off the cutting mat!
Tape some colored vellum before taping the paper, so we can have colored light shining through.
Now light the LED candles or LED Warm White String Lights and enjoy your new set of lanterns! What I noticed is that the candle light has a warm golden glow to it, so the velum takes on a warm color, and the yellow is enhanced, the purple turns into a rose color, and the light pink take on more of the gold / orange. I hope you will try some different colors and let me know how they turn out!
Happy creating! xo