For our tropical collection this month, we thought it would be fun to design a lantern that resembles the light and delicate look of capiz shells. Inspired by some capiz shell hurricanes and light fixtures, our graphic designer Lindsay created these papercut scalloped lanterns that fit in perfectly with the rest of our tropical projects. 

To get started, check out our tools and materials list. At the end of the post you will find our pattern, which includes two lantern sizes.

papercut scalloped lanterns

Let’s shellebrate

These papercut scalloped lanterns would make such pretty table decor for any outdoor gathering. Of course you could also use them as everyday home decor too. As always, we like to place LED candles or tea lights inside our paper lanterns. But another fun idea is to use them as vase covers and add some tropical leaves.

Ready to get started? Just follow our three steps below! Due to the intricate details of the design, we do recommend using a cutting machine. Otherwise you can cut your text weight paper by hand using our printable template.

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  1. Use our SVG pattern to cut on a cutting machine, or the PDF template if cutting by hand.
  2. Use hot glue or an adhesive tape roller to secure the vellum piece to one side of the gold scallop lantern.
  3. Gently roll the lantern to close, add adhesive to the tab, and secure closed.

papercut scalloped lanterns
papercut scalloped lanterns with paper tropical leaves
handmade capiz shell paper lanterns
DIY tropical paper lanterns

Explore More

For more projects like this one, explore the rest of our May collection. Or browse all of our tropical crafts.