Light Up Your Life
These paper garden lanterns exude such craftsmanship and yet they’ll take you hardly any time and effort to create! We’ve made it simple for you to craft — simply download, print, cut, and assemble. We’ve included two types of files for you to choose from. If you are using a cutting machine, use our SVG cut files. If you plan to cut by hand, use our PDF templates. There are two sizes of lanterns for you to choose from… Why not make a few of each? To assemble, use a straightedge for folding and glue dots, a glue roller or hot glue to adhere. Once complete, light up your lanterns with LED candles and enjoy! Who knew it could be so simple to bring such light to your life?
Tools & Materials
- Scissors or Cutting Machine
- Glue Roller or Low-Temp Hot Glue Gun
- Mini Antique Metal Brads
- Metallic Text Weight Paper- Copper, Bronze, and Ionised
- Lia Griffith Vellum Paper Pack
Sources and More
We used Paper Paper’s metallic text weight paper in Copper, Bronze, and Ionised, but feel free to try other colors as well! For our vellum windows, we used Lia Griffith Vellum Paper Pack. We used brads to dress up the handles of our lanterns. Remember to use an LED candle and not a real candle — it’s easy to forget that these lanterns are made entirely of paper, but they are and they will burn easily!
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FYI, I just cut the small lantern and there is still an issue. In the first panel (very left when opened), one of the windows above the “X” is not sliced out as the others appear. The rectangle is there and so it does cut it, but it also has a a cut that comes off the corner of that rectangle. This leaves the bar under the windows (top of the X) with an extra cut (sort of like the bar tore) I didn’t notice it when I uploaded it, but did as I put the lantern together. I went back and enlarged the pattern and could see the issue that way. Pattern is fine other than that and it is very cute.
Thank you for letting us know! We have fixed the SVG file.
Just did this with gold foil vellum.
I would like to know how to download this with the code that is in the book I purchased.
Hi Lisa! The URL and code is located on page 12 of the Cutting Machine Crafts book. The SVG cut files for the paper lantern from the book will be part of that download.
I cut the small lantern this morning, and the SVG has some extra cut lines that ruin the lantern. These extra cut lines don’t appear until the SVG is uploaded into Cricut Design Space. On the first panel, there is an extra cut line just below the three little windows on the right. On the third and fourth panels, there are extra cut lines that cut down through the center cross bars on the upper right side. Could this be fixed?
The extra cut lines do not appear on the larger lantern when the SVG is uploaded.
Thanks for pointing this out, Linda! For some reason we’re seeing this in some of our projects since Design Space was updated recently. The file has been fixed 🙂
Just downloaded the small lantern svg file and noticed the extra cut lines mentioned above are still there. Is there another place I can download the small lantern file?
The file was updated and I’m not seeing any issues– can you send a screenshot of what you’re seeing to firstname.lastname@example.org? Thank you!
These were super quick and easy to make. Used them as centerpieces for holiday party and everyone loved them. Thank you!
So glad to hear it!!
These are beautiful!!
I don’t suppose you are ever planning on releasing your projects with a silhouette cut file option? I just can’t seem to ever get clean edges from the PDF 🙁
Thank you Kellie! You should be able to convert our SVG files to .Studio files– I think you need the designer version of the software, or you may be able to find an online converter site.
So classy! Perfect for out on the patio on a summer evening. Thanks for all the value we get for our membership dollars.
Thank you Abi, so glad you love it!
Incredible! just a few days ago i was looking for a large paper lantern pattern! So happy I renewed my sub. <3 <3
Yay! So happy to hear it 🙂
Thank you so much for the large one. Wonderful to have two sizes now.
Hugs and kisses to everybody
You’re so welcome, thanks for the love 🙂
Iis it best to use 8.5X11 size paper for the cut out of the larger lanterns? Thank you!
We used 8.5×11 paper for our lanterns, but you can use 12×12 if thats what you have available!