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

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

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

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



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    38 Discussions


    Question 1 year ago on Introduction

    Everything I try, I can't seem to download the dimensional cut out paper lanterns. I would really like to beable to do both sets of the cut out lanterns. Can you send me a way to download these patterns please. Thank you.


    3 years ago on Introduction

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


    4 years ago

    that is good art lighting


    4 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    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!


    4 years ago on Introduction

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


    4 years ago on Introduction

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


    4 years ago

    awesome idea! love it