It’s no secret that we all love Terrain here at the office, especially their line of outdoor living products. After seeing one of their outdoor lanterns, our graphic designer Lindsay was inspired to make a papercut version just for you! You can create these paper windowpane lanterns with just a few supplies: cardstock, vellum, and floral wire.
Style them on your mantel, on your (covered) outdoor table, or as centerpiece or table accessory for your wedding. (We styled ours with our plum blossom branch!)
Make some modern paper lanterns
We have made paper lanterns for many occasions. And much like our garden lanterns, these paper windowpane lanterns have a classic look that’s simple to recreate with our PDF template or SVG cut file. We used our cutting machine to make two sets of paper lanterns in different sizes, but the pattern is simple enough to cut by hand if you don’t have a machine.
Ready to make your own lanterns? Follow our easy instructions below. We chose black cardstock for a sleek, modern look, but you could also use silver paper if you prefer a rustic, galvanized metal style. If you don’t have vellum, you can use white parchment paper or tissue paper. Just be sure you use flameless candles! 🙂
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- Craft Scissors
- Cricut Maker
- Low-Temp Hot Glue Gun
- Adhesive Dot Roller
- Needle-Nose Pliers/Wire Cutters
- 1/8″ Softgrip Circle Hole Punch
- Cardstock Paper – Curious SKIN Black and Stardream Metallics Onyx
- Translucent Vellum – White
- 24-Gauge Floral Wire – Black
- Flameless Flickering Tea Lights
- Download the SVG file if cutting your paper lanterns on a cutting machine, or the PDF if cutting by hand. Cut according to template.
- Adhere vellum paper to inside of lantern using scotch tape or a dot roller. Fold lantern according to sore lines; add adhesive to side tab, and assemble as shown in photographs.
- Punch a small hole on two opposite sides of the lantern. Bend and shape a black 24-gauge floral wire to form a handle. Trim to desired length, then loop ends inside the lantern to secure.
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I have printed the SVG files on my Maker 3. The pattern makes it look like there would be score lines, but, I’m not seeing any. I have printed the vellum windows and the black cardstock pieces. There are other pages showing up on my design space that appear on a purple background when I go to print, but I’m not getting the opportunity to select the scoring wheel – edit tools is grayed out at this step. How am I supposed to score the lantern panels?
Krista went back to look over the file and see if she could make it easier to see the score lines. Check out her updated version. 🙂
Hi Lia, I found this craft project from your “freebie Home Decor” list but when I click to download the template, it asks me to become a member. Why is there a link from the freebee page if you have to become a member to download the template? I’m a little confused by this, can you explain? Many thanks!
Hi! This project is not one of our freebies. I don’t see it listed under that category?
I am new to all this. I wanted to make the window pane lantern. I click on the two paper s for the project and up came 8.5 x 11 of the suggested papers. Now are these to be 12 x 12 size and it does not say or are we to know this information. I have a new cricut maker and am trying to follow what you suggest though i don’t want to be buying the wrong size and have to return.
Please clarify your instructions.
Hi Sally, welcome! We always list the exact materials we use for each project, so in this case the windowpane lantern SVG cut file (and PDF template) will fit on the 8.5×11 paper we have linked. If a design needs larger size paper, we will link to that. You can always upload the SVG file into Design Space to confirm sizes, and of course you can reduce or enlarge if you prefer a different size or plan to use a different size paper!