Rainy season has started and I keep seeing cute little mushrooms popping up in the grassy areas around me. To incorporate the concept into our seasonal home decor, our illustrator Krista designed these whimsical woodland lanterns with mushrooms and boxwood branches. To give it a rustic feel for fall and winter, we made the lanterns out of wood paper. This project is certainly easier to make with a cutting machine (thank you Cricut!), but we’ve also included a PDF version if you are cutting by hand.
The only materials you need for our woodland lanterns are wood paper and vellum. I added links to Shop this Project for some good sources! If you are working with the PDF version and want to create the designs by hand, I would recommend using a craft knife. For the Cricut or cutting machine users, my top tip is to cut the design a couple of times before removing the paper from your mat, just to make sure that the cuts are clean. Fold the lanterns and press the edges tightly to make the corner creases. Next you can add your vellum screens. Simply cut 4 rectangles of vellum and attach them to the inside of each woodland lantern. There is an extra tab on the end of the lantern, which you should then use to close the lantern. We used a strip of double-sided tape because we wanted it to be as flat as possible. Once you finish your woodland lanterns, you can stick little LED tea lights inside. The tea lights shine through the vellum beautifully!
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If you’re looking for more woodland accents in your life, make sure to check out our foam mushrooms and felt gnomes. Browse all of our seasonal home decor projects for more fall inspiration, or head to our membership page to get in on the fun. See you soon! ~ Lia
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When I loaded the svg file for the woodland lantern it showed red lines and the machine took that as a cut line, cutting the panels and the tab apart. What went wrong?
Hi Cherie! You need to select each red line in design space and change it to score instead of cut, then attach the score lines to the lantern.
The paper that is linked has been out of stock for awhile, do you have another recommendation for that style of wood paper? Thank you
I was able to find it on a different site and updated the links 🙂 You may also be able to find it at JoAnn or Michaels online, as well.
Can you make these out of plain card stock?
Sure! You can use any paper you’d like.
I love these! You mention for Cricut users to cut them twice before removing, but I’m not familiar with how to do this on my Explore. Do I just cut the same mat twice? Will the cuts really line up that perfectly? Or is there a setting to double cut the lines?
When the machine is done cutting, do not remove your project. Instead, press the cut button again and the machine will begin cutting over the same lines again. If you take it out of the machine, the registration will be off.
wow It’s so adorable!