I’m not sure I have seen a more beautiful paper lantern before! To create these woodland paper lanterns, our designer Krista used her illustrations from these 3D ornaments and added so many amazing details to the design that really bring it to life. She also used a new layering technique for these lanterns, which we will teach you how to do in our instructions below.

Because of the intricate cuts, we recommend using a cutting machine for this project. However you can always cut your lanterns by hand with our template.

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Walkin’ in a winter woodland

One of my favorite things about these woodland paper lanterns is all of the little details. Each window shows a different winter woodland scene with two deer, a squirrel, a fox, and a rabbit.

Another thing I love about this lantern is it has a unique layered effect when lit up because it has an additional background layer behind the vellum. We recommend using two different colored papers to increase the visibility of the design so that it can be enjoyed during the daytime and in the dark with LED lights. For example, we used our frosted teal paper on the outside and a lighter blue color behind the vellum on the inside. 

Ready to craft your own woodland paper lanterns? Just follow our tutorial and be sure to let us know if you have any questions!

Tools

Materials

How to Make Woodland Paper Lanterns

  1. Gather craft tools and materials. Then download the template below.
  2. Cut out lantern according to template using a cutting machine (recommended) or by hand with a detail knife, scoring along the dotted lines with a scoring tool and ruler. For cutting out the lantern in our frosted paper, we recommend using a fresh fine tip blade and mat and cutting the paper on the “Copy Paper” setting with “More” pressure.
  3. Glue a piece of vellum behind each window scene.
  4. Glue the corresponding papercut background scene behind the vellum layer.

Full tutorial available for members to download below.

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