Introduction: Paper Lantern

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Dear friends, Its me Vincent John.

Here is how to make a low cost, but a beautiful paper lantern for your indoor room decorations. Paper generates amazing shadows. If you love to make a lantern for yourself instead of spending a lot of money in buying a ready-made one then this tutorial is for you. First of all, How patience you are, better will be the perfection. So take your own time to get the best results. This is my first tutorial and I apologize for all my mistakes in this tutorial. So lets make our Paper Lantern.

[I am not a native English speaker, so kindly forgive me if my English is poor.]

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Step 1: Materials Required

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  1. Pencil
  2. Sharp Cutting Blade
  3. Ruler
  4. Chart Paper (350/400 grams per square meter in thickness)
  5. Glue
  6. Bulb Holder
  7. LED Bulb (Warm Light)
  8. Wire

Step 2: Cut Strips of Following Measurments

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We need 8 paper strips of following measurements. Each strip is different from others in length and breadth. And we number each one as 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8. We use these numbers till the end of the tutorial.

  1. Length : 78 cm , Breadth 4.2 cm

  2. Length : 70 cm , Breadth 4.0 cm

  3. Length : 62 cm , Breadth 3.8 cm

  4. Length : 54 cm , Breadth 3.6 cm

  5. Length : 46 cm , Breadth 3.4 cm

  6. Length : 38 cm , Breadth 3.2 cm

  7. Length : 30 cm , Breadth 3.0 cm

  8. Length : 26 cm , Breadth 2.8 cm

Step 3: Divide Each Strip Into Four Partitions

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Divide each strip into four partitions each having following measurements as shown in figures.(Note: In each strip after partitioning into 4 divisions you will get an extra 2 cm. This 2 cm is for pasting two ends of strip together to get squares.)

  1. 19 cm
  2. 17 cm
  3. 15 cm
  4. 13 cm
  5. 11 cm
  6. 9 cm
  7. 7 cm
  8. 6 cm

Step 4: Bend Each Strip to Get Squares

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Now each strip is having four partitions of equal length. So bend along each divisions to get a square as shown in figure. Do it for all eight strips.

Step 5: Make Some Cuts for Joining These Squares

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Now we need to make some cuts on each side of these eight squares in order to join them together. Follow the measurements given in picture for each squares and make cuts of 0.7 cm depth inwards. Try to follow the exact measurements provided, else the squares may not be able to put together. I found those measurements by drawing the geometric pattern of lantern model (figure.9). If you are interested try yourself or you can directly use the measurements given.

Then we need to cut a line along the length of the topmost square strip as shown in figure 10. Follow the measurements in figure and make the same cut on all four sides. This cut is required for the square numbered 1 only.

Step 6: Paste Both Ends Together to Finish All Squares

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Now paste both ends together to finish the square parts as shown in figures. Do this for all eight strips. Now we are finished with the squares.

Step 7: Make the Top

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Now we need a top to include the bulb and to hold the lantern. So to make the top follow the steps and respective figures:

  1. Cut out a square of 20 cm length and draw an inner square of length 7 cm at the center. Also draw the diagonals of the inner square.
  2. Cut through the diagonals of inner square.
  3. Cut out a cross of provided measurements as shown in figure 3.
  4. Cut out a circle of diameter that fits to the diameter of your holder.
  5. Paste 4 and 2 together as shown in figure 5. All four leaves should be pasted together.
  6. Final image of Top.

Step 8: Assemble Lantern

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Now we are finished with the parts and ready for its assemble. To assemble our lantern follow the steps below:

  1. Join each square by inserting the respective cuts we have made. You can either join the squares in the order 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 or 8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1.
  2. Squares 1 and 2 are fixed.
  3. Squares 1,2,3 and 4 are fixed.
  4. All squares are fixed.
  5. Now apply some fevicol (a type of glue, you can use any kind that works with paper) on all joints using a stick.
  6. Connect the wires to the holder.
  7. Insert the holder into the cabin we have made on the top.
  8. Tight the holder cap to the holder so that the top gets fixed in between the holder and holder cap.
  9. Now insert the corner of top into the cut we have made along the length of the topmost square.
  10. Insert all four top corners into the respective cut along the length of the topmost square.
  11. Finally give a slight bend upwards on all four corners that project outwards on the top to give a distinctive upturned "artichoke leaf" design of Chinese roofs.

Step 9: Paper Lantern

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Now we are finished with our Paper Lantern. I hope you all enjoyed and try it yourself. Once more I apologize for all my mistakes in this tutorial. Thanks!


mrdovie (author)2016-08-15

Hi, I have used sized felt, which is stiff like paper, but more permanent from craft stores, I use hot melt glue for these. I would like to try your project with felt. I have seen lanterns like this in restaurants, very nice design.

mrdovie made it! (author)mrdovie2016-08-19

Here is my semi finished lantern in sized felt with a drawing of a layout on a single sheet. I glued up all the panels since the sheet is too small to make folded strips. hot melt glue works very well. This lantern shape fits over a glass globe lamp in my hallway, I may just fasten it there. I would like to try white inside and color on the back of the strips. I had to play around to cut the slots to hold the squares together.

Vincent John (author)mrdovie2016-08-19

And your work is more valuable than any appreciation.

mrdovie made it! (author)Vincent John2016-08-19

This is my lantern in place with an LED lamp in one of my hallways. The felt is really acrylic fiber rather than wool felt. It took only two afternoons to finish. Thank you, Vincent, for the ideas.

Vincent John (author)mrdovie2016-08-19

Thank You very much! Its exciting to see the same lantern miles far away from my home. I think felt is a good transparent medium. Its brighter than mine. Like to work with it.

Vincent John (author)mrdovie2016-08-19

Wow Perfect! Sir, I am very much excited to see your work. I don't know how to express my happiness. Its beautiful. When you complete it, please add images.

Vincent John (author)mrdovie2016-08-15

Thank You very much. Sir, if you are planning to use felt then you can also try a different color.

isaacfares (author)2016-08-16

thanks :P

Vincent John (author)isaacfares2016-08-16

You are most welcome.

WilliamW169 (author)2016-08-14

a low cost option would be recycled file folders

JonP3Po (author)2016-08-14


Vincent John (author)JonP3Po2016-08-14

Thank You!

KathleenN15 (author)2016-08-14

This is lovely! It will be fun to make and I have just the room to try it in!

Vincent John (author)KathleenN152016-08-14

Thank You very much.

KathleenN15 (author)KathleenN152016-08-14

I would guess Tacky glue would work great. Most go on white but dry clear.

Vincent John (author)KathleenN152016-08-14

Yes, that will be better if it dry clear

thelmay1 (author)2016-08-14

I would like to make this with Velum. What do you think?

Also would love to make an art connection with math. Any suggestions?


KathleenN15 (author)thelmay12016-08-14

As a matter mathematics teacher, of course measurement is the obvious application, and you would be surprised how poorly equipped students are to measure accurately. You COULD do unit conversion to inches and then work with fractions, but I think the accuracy would suffer! For me, symmetry is where math and art come together on this project!

Vincent John (author)thelmay12016-08-14

Vellum paper is a nice option with lamps, but always try to be accurate with all measurements or it will lose its shape. And you may also cut some designs on each strip.

fluffymahoot (author)2016-08-14

Wonderful! Is fevicol the name of the glue you used? Coming from the USA I'm not familiar that name. Very clever light and I can't wait to make one (or two). :))

Oh! I'm sorry. I will clarify that step. Yes, its the name of a glue generally used with wood. You can use any kind that works with paper. I think Elmer's glue is a popular one in your state.

And Thank You very much.

Imoni (author)2016-08-14

Can we make it with normal paper

Vincent John (author)Imoni2016-08-14

You can but it won't be hard enough to hold the shape. You can use a paper thicker than normal one. For example, paper used to make cards.

Raebel Christo (author)2016-08-10

Nice job. Very creative

I agree.

Thank You!

Antty (author)2016-08-10

This is amazing

Vincent John (author)Antty2016-08-10

Thank You!

miraheng (author)2016-08-09

just normal paper?

Vincent John (author)miraheng2016-08-10

No. Its thicker than normal paper (around half a millimeter in thickness).

wold630 (author)2016-08-09

It's amazing what can be done with paper! I love how it looks all lit up! Thanks for sharing this with the community!

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