How to Make Paper Lanterns

Turn humble brown sweetie bags into showstopping illuminations with this easy step-by-step project that will teach you how to make paper lanterns. Interesting silhouettes are the key to making these three paper bag lanterns look extra-special.

There’s no need to worry about mixing flame and paper, simply pop in an LED tea light and use your finished creations to decorate your windowsill, garden or doorstep this Halloween.

Designed by Niki Rowland for PaperCrafter magazine.


You Will Need How to Make

1. For the pierced circles design, cut four small round frames from patterned paper, using Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles and Lacey Circles dies. Stick the four frames vertically down the centre of a paper bag. Pierce four intersecting lines of tiny holes in the middle of the top circle, forming a star pattern. Repeat the paper piercing in the other three frames.

2. To create the heart design, draw round a CD on the front of a paper bag. Cut this shape out. Punch a small hole just above the circular aperture. Tie baker’s twine through a heart-shaped doily and tie the other end through the punched hole so the heart dangles in the centre of the large circle. Punch out lots of small blue circles with a hole punch and stick these around the outside of the circle. Fix a patterned border strip across the bottom of the bag. Tie baker’s twine around the bag twice, securing with a bow.

3. For the starburst design, cut two 4.5 centimetre diameter circles from the front of a paper bag. Create eight 4 centimetre squares from patterned paper. Fold each square in half diagonally

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4. Hold the square with the fold running straight down. Fold the edges into the centre line

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5. Fold the top triangle down

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6. Bend the bottom point to the top straight edge and crease

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7. Fold the back flap back on itself.

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8. Glue the eight folded pieces together to form a circular frame. Stick the frame over one of the circular apertures. Repeat with another eight 4 centimetre squares, using a different patterned paper.

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Even More Inspiration . . .

You can find plenty more inspiring Halloween papercrafting projects on PaperCrafter magazine’s Card Making Projects website. Click on the links below to be taken through to the project instructions or subscribe by clicking here and get your first three issues for just £6* and never miss out on any projects from PaperCrafter.

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