Introduction: Dimensional Paper Lanterns

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I love anything that glows at night! These 3-dimensional blossom lanterns / candle holders are made from 3 things everyone has – old drinking glasses or vases, paper, and candles!

They are super easy to make, in fact, this is the easiest ible I have ever written! =)

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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Materials and tools:

  • glass with straight sides, such as cylinders or cubes
  • paper : I used card stock which worked beautifully to get more of the dimensional effect
  • for cutting I used a Silhouette Portrait here- LOVE that little machine (hint hint: Thanksgiving Giveaway in a week...) ! – but it’s easy enough to cut with an X-acto knife

  • double sided tape

  • candles of course! LED one are great if you are concerned
  • I made these patterns which you can download, or create your own!

Step 2: Make the Paper Dimensional

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First cut out the leaves and stems, and cut along the lines of the petals, be careful not to cut too much and cut them off.
Next, measure the size of your glass and cut the excess paper away.

Now the fun part! Gently fold those petals up so the blossoms become three dimensional!

Use double sided tape to tape the paper onto the outside of the glasses.

Step 3: Let It Glow, Let It Glow

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Now the plain glasses are transformed, light the candles and let the magic begin!


1vevercka (author)2015-07-17

soooooo beautiful ....... looking so tender!!! thank you for sharing this great idea !!!!!

anonysa1 (author)2014-12-16

that is good art lighting

domenic3 (author)2014-09-01

buetifull designs!!

abdulqawi.ansari (author)2014-08-07

Very Nice

Yerodin (author)2014-08-06

Very Nice.
So simple even I clutz like me can probably do it.
However, I do wonder given the heat arising from the inside of the glass, if the method used to secure the paper to the glass will hold for long?

I will investigate if regular silicone paste will work to form a strong bond between the glass & the paper.

How long have you had your very 1st lantern?

blissful2015 I am honestly really excited about the ability to take an x-acto knife and cut out patterns in card stock that can then be turned, folded, & attached to something else.

I struggle to finish all but the most simple projects, but I think I can manage this one.

Thanks for posting it.

blissful2015 (author)Yerodin2014-08-06

i had my lantern for just 2 weeks! =) it has not been a problem with the heat. if you are concerned, you can make the paper cylinder - use glue -a little bigger than the glass and just put it over the glass with a little gap. hope that helps!

PinchOfChili (author)2014-08-06

Beautiful! I really want to try this, as I really like candles AND crafts!

askjerry (author)2014-08-05

Okay... this is AWESOME... passing along to my wife... I know she will make a bunch!!!

thesnowtheriver (author)2014-08-05

these are exquisitely beautiful. great job!

Thrombis (author)2014-08-05

Very cool! I can't wait to try this!

labory (author)2014-08-05

awesome idea! love it

goldlego (author)2014-08-04

Awesome! That's a brilliant idea!

blissful2015 (author)goldlego2014-08-04

thank you for your kind words! =)

The Clay Crafter (author)2014-08-04

This looks so cool!:) smart idea

thank you! =)

loompiggytutorials (author)2014-08-04

These are so beautiful! Awesome job=)

thank you so much! =)

jbauer4 (author)2014-08-03

These are really beautiful the way they glow. What a neat idea.

blissful2015 (author)jbauer42014-08-03

thank you very much! =)

Cassandra1819 (author)2014-08-02

simple and beautiful !!

thank you cassandra! =)

watchmeflyy (author)2014-08-03

Love them!

sai613 (author)2014-08-03


Verticees (author)2014-08-02

Let it glow! Let it glow! I liked that reference :) ! And by the way, great instructable!

blissful2015 (author)Verticees2014-08-02

haha we don't get snow here in so cal, i have to make it up somehow! =)

poofrabbit (author)2014-08-02

These look stunning!!! Nicely done!

blissful2015 (author)poofrabbit2014-08-02

thank you poofrabbit! love your avatar! =)

MicioGatta (author)2014-08-02


blissful2015 (author)MicioGatta2014-08-02

thank you micio! =)

BLR_RAVI (author)2014-08-02

very nice ..specially when color and lit with light..great

blissful2015 (author)BLR_RAVI2014-08-02

thank you ravi! =)

technovative (author)2014-08-02

These are very pretty. I really appreciate your creativity, in all of the projects that you've shared. :)

thank you! so great to see you techno! =)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2014-08-02

Elegant! surprised to see how easily you can make'em :)

thank you muhai! i was feeling actually really weird after hit 'publish' because it's so simple! :D

faiza007 (author)2014-08-02

these look very beautiful. :)

blissful2015 (author)faiza0072014-08-02

thank you faiza! =)

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