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Not only all colors will agree in the dark. Also the forest animals shed their colors and appear in black. However, the candles in the folded paper lanterns make the animals glow.
DIY Paper Lanterns

DIY Paper Lanterns

Not only all colors will agree in the dark. Also the forest animals shed their colors and appear in black. However, the candles in the folded paper lanterns make the animals glow.



  • forest animals’ stamps
  • black ink pad
  • white paper
  • thick tracing paper A4
  • schematic drawing
  • scissors, pencil, ruler
  • tea lights incl. matching glasses (never use the candles alone, due to the risk of fire!)
  • double-sided adhesive tape
  • transparent tape

 

 

How it's done:

01

We need: forest animals’ stamps, black ink pad, white paper, thick tracing paper A4, schematic drawing, scissors, pencil, ruler, tea lights incl. matching glasses (never use the candles alone, due to the risk of fire!), double-sided adhesive tape, transparent tape

Overview of materials needed for DIY paper lanterns
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Overview of materials needed for DIY paper lanterns

02

Stamp animals on the paper and enlarge the images using a copy machine: place the subject in the center and 5 cm from the bottom edge. Then copy the finished design on the tracing paper. Now place the tracing paper on the schematic drawing and transfer the lines using a pencil. The lanterns can easily be adjusted in height: simply extend the side edges in the schematic drawing and adjust the diagonal lines accordingly.

Stamp animals on the paper and enlarge the images using a copy machine
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Stamp animals on the paper and enlarge the images using a copy machine

03

Cut out the lanterns along the outer edges.

Cut out the lanterns
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Cut out the lanterns

04

All lines are folded from one side. Place the paper face down and fold all longitudinal lines inward.

Fold all longitudinal lines inward
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Fold all longitudinal lines inward

05

Then fold the lower edges of the bottom inward.

Fold edges of the bottom inward
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Fold edges of the bottom inward

06

Now fold the diagonal lines inward: First, the four diagonal lines in one direction, ...

Fold the diagonal lines inward
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Fold the diagonal lines inward

07

... then the four diagonal lines in the other direction.

Fold the diagonal lines in the other direction
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Fold the diagonal lines in the other direction

08

Apply double-sided adhesive tape outside on the flap and cut it off.

Apply double-sided adhesive tape
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Apply double-sided adhesive tape

09

Remove the protective film.

Remove the protective film
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Remove the protective film

10

Glue the sides together.

Glue the sides together
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Glue the sides together

11

Fold the bottom and fix it with transparent tape.

Fix the bottom with transparent tape
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Fix the bottom with transparent tape

12

Finally, carefully push the four vertical edges inward.

Give the lantern its form
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Give the lantern its form

13

Get ready for fall with these paper lanterns!

Enjoy your favourite forest animals as paper lanterns!
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Enjoy your favourite forest animals as paper lanterns!
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