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Sweet Paul

Lantern How-Tos

STITCHED LANTERN
Tools & Materials:

Templates
Cardstock
Printer
Light-weight craft paper
Pencil
Scissors
Sewing machine w/ thread
Glue
Wire
Pin or needle
LED tea lights

How-To:
1. Print out templates onto cardstock. On craft paper, trace the side panel six times
and the bottom panel one time (or print directly onto the craft paper).
2. With scissors, cut out all pieces of the lantern.
3. Place two side panel pieces together and sew along the right edges, leaving a
seam allowance. Do this two more times with the remaining pairs of panels.
4. Using your fingers, carefully press each seam open and flat, to begin shaping the
sides of the lantern.
5. Sew the remaining edges together to make a 6-sided lantern and, again, carefully
press each seam open and flat.
6. For the bottom panel, fold up the tabs along the dotted lines. Apply glue to the
tabs and press into place on the inside edges of the bottom of the lantern.
7. Twist a loop in the middle of a 24 piece of wire. Bend the length on each side
down like a handle and curl up the edges.
8. Using a pin or a needle, poke a hole on either side of the lantern, near the top
edge.
9. Thread the lantern on to the handle, place an LED tea light in the bottom, and
hang as desired.

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Sweet Paul
Lantern How-Tos
COLLAGE LANTERN
Tools & Materials:

Templates
Cardstock
Printer
Light-weight craft paper
Pencil
Scissors
Sewing machine w/ thread
Glue
Wire
Pin or needle
LED tea lights

How-To:
1. Print out the templates onto cardstock.
2. On craft paper, trace each side panel two times, the bottom panel one time, and
the petal shapes as many times as desired (or print directly onto the craft paper).
3. With scissors, cut out all pieces of the lantern.
4. To decorate the side panels, create stacks of petal cut outs, lay as desired on side
panel piece, and, using a sewing machine, stitch the stack of petals into place.
5. Place two side panel pieces wrong sides together (sides with no petals sewn on)
and sew along the right edge, leaving a seam allowance. Do this one more
time with the second pair of panels.
6. Using your fingers, carefully press each seam open and flat.
7. Sew the remaining edges together, again, leaving a seam allowance, to make a
4-sided lantern and, again, carefully press each seam open and flat.
8. For the bottom panel, fold up the tabs along the dotted lines. Apply glue to the
tabs and press into place on the inside edges of the bottom of the lantern.
9. Twist a loop in the middle of a 24 piece of wire. Bend the length on each side
down like a handle and curl up the edges.
10. Using a pin or a needle, poke a hole on either side of the lantern, near the top
edge.
11. Thread the lantern on to the handle, place an LED tea light in the bottom, and
hang as desired.

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Sweet Paul
Lantern How-Tos
CUT OUT LANTERN
Tools & Materials:

Templates
Cardstock
Printer
Light-weight craft paper
Pencil
Scissors
Sewing machine w/ thread
Glue
Wire
Pin or needle
LED tea lights

How-To:
1. Print out the templates onto cardstock.
2. On craft paper, trace the side panel four times, the bottom panel one time, and the
flower shapes as many times, in as many sizes as desired (or print directly onto
the craft paper).
3. With scissors, cut out all pieces of the lantern.
4. To decorate the side panels, create graduated stacks of the flower cut outs, lay
stacks in a line along the center of each side panel of the lantern, and, using a
sewing machine, stitch the stack of petals into place with a simple straight stitch.
5. Fold the petals upward around the stitch.
6. Place two side panel pieces, wrong sides together (side with no flowers sewn on)
and sew along the right edge, leaving a seam allowance. Do this one more
time with the second pair of panels.
7. Using your fingers, carefully press each seam open and flat.
8. Sew the remaining edges together to make a 4-sided lantern and, again, carefully
press each seam open and flat.
9. For the bottom panel, fold up the tabs along the dotted lines. Apply glue to the
tabs and press into place on the inside edges of the bottom of the lantern.
10. Twist a loop in the middle of a 24 piece of wire. Bend the length on each side
down like a handle and curl up the edges.
11. Using a pin or a needle, poke a hole on either side of the lantern, near the top
edge.
12. Thread the lantern on to the handle, place an LED tea light in the bottom, and
hang as desired.

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Sweet Paul
Lantern How-Tos
FOLDED LANTERN
Tools & Materials:

Templates
Cardstock
Printer
11 x 17 light-weight craft paper
Pencil
Scissors
Glue
Wire
Pin or needle
LED tea lights

How-To:
1. Print the lantern side panels template directly on to 11x17 paper.
2. Print the other templates onto cardstock and on craft paper, trace the bottom panel
one time and the triangle shape eight times, (or also print these directly onto the
craft paper).
3. With scissors, cut out all pieces of the lantern.
4. For the side panels, fold inward along all of the dotted lines. Glue left side tab to
the opposite (right) side of the lantern to form a cuboid shape.
5. To fill in the gaps at the top and bottom of the lantern, use glue to attach each of
the eight triangle cut outs to the corresponding tabs.
6. For the bottom panel, fold up the tabs along the dotted lines. Apply glue to the
tabs and press into place on the inside edges of the bottom of the lantern.
7. Twist a loop in the middle of a 24 piece of wire. Bend the length on each side
down like a handle and curl up the edges.
8. Using a pin or a needle, poke a hole on either side of the lantern, near the top
edge.
9. Thread the lantern on to the handle, place an LED tea light in the bottom, and
hang as desired.

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Sweet Paul
Lantern How-Tos
COLORED LANTERN
Tools & Materials:

Templates
Cardstock
Printer
Light-weight craft paper
Pencil
Scissors
Sewing machine w/ thread
Liquid acrylic paint
Small paint brush
Glue
Wire
Pin or needle
LED tea lights

How-To:
1. Print out the templates onto cardstock.
2. On craft paper, trace the side panel five times and the bottom panel one time (or
print directly onto the craft paper).
3. With scissors, cut out all pieces of the lantern.
4. Place two side panel pieces together and sew along the right edge, leaving a
seam allowance. Do this one more time with another pair of panels.
5. Using your fingers, carefully press each seam open and flat.
6. Sew the pairs of panels and the remaining fifth single panel together to make a 5sided lantern and, again, carefully press each seam open and flat.
7. To decorate the lantern, use a small paintbrush saturated in liquid acrylic color to
paint along all of the sewn edges. Let dry completely.
8. For the bottom panel, fold up the tabs along the dotted lines. Apply glue to the
tabs and press into place on the inside edges of the bottom of the lantern.
9. Twist a loop in the middle of a 24 piece of wire. Bend the length on each side
down like a handle and curl up the edges.
10. Using a pin or a needle, poke a hole on either side of the lantern, near the top
edge.
11. Thread the lantern on to the handle, place an LED tea light in the bottom, and
hang as desired.

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Sweet Paul
Lantern How-Tos
DYED LANTERN
Tools & Materials:

Large piece light-weight craft paper


Scissors
Liquid acrylic paint
Water (optional)
Bowl
11 x 17 paper
Sewing machine w/ thread
Quart container lid
Glue
Wire
Pin or needle
LED tea lights

How-To:
1. Loosely cut strips of craft paper 1 to 2 inches wide and 18 inches long.
2. Coil each piece up and, to dye, dip one edge of coil into a bowl of liquid acrylic
paint (thinned with water as desired).
3. Let paper coils dry completely before continuing.
4. Once dry, uncoil strips and lay lengthwise, in an overlapping pattern on a piece of
11 x 17 paper, covering the paper entirely.
5. Using a sewing machine, stitch as desired to hold the dyed strips of paper in
place.
6. Trim an inch off either end of the paper (to neaten the edges and to make the final
length 15 inches).
7. Wrap the sheet of paper around the outside of a quart container lid to get the
correct diameter for the cylinder.
8. Where the opposite edges overlap, secure in place with glue.
9. Once dry, apply glue to the edges of the quart container lid and insert into the
bottom of the cylinder. Let dry completely.
10. Twist a loop in the middle of a 24 piece of wire. Bend the length on each side
down like a handle and curl up the edges.
11. Using a pin or a needle, poke a hole on either side of the lantern, near the top
edge.
12. Thread the lantern on to the handle, place an LED tea light in the bottom, and
hang as desired.

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COLORED LANTERN:
BOTTOM PANEL
Cut along solid lines; fold along dotted lines.

CUT OUT LANTERN:


BOTTOM PANEL
Cut along solid lines; fold along dotted lines.

CUT OUT LANTERN:


FLOWER CUT OUTS

CUT OUT LANTERN:


SIDE PANELS
Cut out 4.
TOP

BOTTOM

GLUE TAB

FOLDED LANTERN:
SIDE PANELS
Cut along solid lines; fold along dotted lines.

FOLDED LANTERN:
TRIANGLES & BOTTOM PANEL
Cut along solid lines; fold along dotted lines.

STITCHED LANTERN:
BOTTOM PANEL
Cut along solid lines; fold along dotted lines.

STITCHED LANTERN:
SIDE PANELS
Cut 6.

TOP

BOTTOM