DIY Paper Lantern

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.

Level of difficulty Leisurely inspiration
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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

How it's done:

Overview of materials needed for DIY paper lanterns
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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

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: 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.

Cut out the lanterns
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Cut out the lanterns along the outer edges.

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

Fold edges of the bottom inward
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Then fold the lower edges of the bottom inward.

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

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

Remove the protective film
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Remove the protective film.

Glue the sides together
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Glue the sides together.

Give the lantern its form
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Finally, carefully push the four vertical edges inward.

Enjoy your favourite forest animals as paper lanterns!
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Get ready for fall with these paper lanterns!

tesa products required for this project