By taking advantage of modern shape cutting machines, I’ve been reinventing early century designs that allow a single piece of paper (by the design of the cuts) to produce both structure and original silhouette imagery. This particular lantern is created with two components (held by slot and tab) allowing it to break down flat for storage, yet offer sturdiness when in use.
The imagery on this lantern is new in a vintage-style (and by example might offer you a springboard of ideas to use the lantern frame for your own original imagery and/or modifications.
A note on machines - This project was first created with a mass market blade cutting machine (since returned to the manufacturer) because it could not handle the thin, yet dense, 2-ply museum board (and I felt those machines were generally buggy or inaccurate). I sent this material to a competing blade-machine company and was told it could not cut the material either. I have since put this and similar projects on temporary hold until such time as a better cutting method (such as a Zing) is available, (to create this and a sketchbook full of design ideas).
1 - Cutting Machine (laser cutter, blade cutter) or hand cut with Exacto (if you are skilled with a blade)
2 - The PDF patterns in Step 3 (for vector software or as a printed pattern)
3 - Black 2-ply acid free museum board (thin and durable, though you can vary your material choice)
4 - Crepe paper or vellum (to allow the light to shine through).
5 - Glue
6 - Scissors
8 - Ruler
9 - Battery operated LED light