This DIY paper star lantern is inspired by Mexican Tin Star lanterns. Don’t you wish matel working is as easy as folding paper?
Today, it is! We will be making this rusty “metal” star lantern made out of paper!
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This paper star lantern is made with my favorite super versatile 8.5×11 110lb card stock , which I have used to make this birch forest shadow box
IMPORTANT: only use good quality LED lights near paper. Follow basic safety practices and do not leave lights on unattended.
Materials and tools:
- sturdy 110lb index card stock such as these will work beautifully, not too heavy to cut yet hold its shape nicely.
- micro LED Warm White String Lights are light weight and very bright, perfect for this lantern.
- to cut the designs, use a Silhouette Portrait / Cameo or an X-acto knife, you can also use a star hand punch to cut out the stars!
- clear Bead Cord or fishing line to hang the lanterns
- free templates which you can download at the end
Step 1: print and cut
Print one each of page 1, 2, and 3, and nine of page 4. If you want a white star, that’s all for the printing. If you want a rusty “metal” star, print the rust texture (included in the downloads ) onto the back side of page 4.
Cut along blue lines, and score along orange lines.
Step 2: make the star tips.
Here’s a really helpful trick when gluing: fold the piece along the score line in the middle, and press down the glue dotted tab. This is much easier than trying to glue while holding its 3D form!
Also glue the triangles cut from page 4 to all the triangle shapes on page 1-3. If you are making a white star, skip this.
Step 3: glue them together
Page 1, 2 and 3 of the template will form the polyhedron ( aka. a solid figure with many flat faces ) , and page 4 gives the pointed tips of the star.
Make the polyhedron first, then glue on all but one of the star tips. See why in the next step–>
Step 4: leave opening to add lights.
The reason we leave one of the tips not glued is because we need a “doorway” to take lights in and out. So we only glue one side of the tab, like in photo below.
The opening is big enough for LED string lights or tea lights.
Step 5: finishing touches
To close the star, poke 2 small holes and thread a piece of clear fishing line or bead cord through. Tie a knot to close the star.
This star can sit on a table, or if you want to hang it, just tie some fishing line through the openings on one of the star tips.
Here are the free designs for you to download!
Unzip with Stuffit Expander. If you have trouble downloading, it might be a browser issue, just ask friends to download and email to you!
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Wish you lots of beautiful days and starry nights! =)