It has been a while since we’ve designed a new paper lantern or luminary! For our garden theme this month, Krista has created a papercut greenhouse luminary in two sizes — small and large. The small one fits on a letter-sized paper and the large one is broken into two parts so that it can be scaled up easily for larger paper sizes.

This is a very easy paper craft, though we do recommend using a cutting machine because of all the tiny cuts. Otherwise, you can use a detail knife and scoring tool if cutting by hand. When you’re ready to assemble your papercut greenhouse luminary, just follow our simple instructions below.

I beg your garden?

Our papercut greenhouse luminary has so many beautiful and intricate details. For example, behind the vellum windows is a papercut layer depicting a bunch of houseplants in the greenhouse. Once you assemble this project, you can use it as home decor. Or it would also be fun to craft for an outdoor celebration or a garden-themed party this spring.

Skill level: Beginner

Crafting tips: We recommend using medium-weight cardstock paper due to the delicate design. This way, your papercut greenhouse luminary will be more sturdy. Also, a glue dot roller works well to adhere to the vellum smoothly.

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How to Make a Papercut Greenhouse Luminary

  1. Gather your craft tools and materials. Then download the pattern below.
  2. Cut out and score paper and vellum according to the template using a cutting machine (recommended) or by hand with a detail knife and scoring tool. 
  3. Fold your paper along the score lines.
  4. Glue vellum windows to the inside of the cardstock greenhouse pieces. 

Full tutorial available for members to download below.

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