Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Paper Lanterns (tutorial)

Crafter's Companion monthly challenge this month is create anything but a card using a Crafter's Companion product.  One lucky random winner will a $30 gift certificate to their online store!

With Chinese New Year coming up, I decided to make some paper lanterns for this month's project using The Ultimate Crafters Companion and The Boxer board.

To make the base of the lantern, you will need a 9 x 12 inch piece of card stock.  For the tutorial, I used a solid color to make it easier for you to see the score lines, etc.  

First you will fold the 9 x 12 inch paper in half, lengthwise.

Next you score 1 inch from both edges of the paper lengthwise, as shown below.

Fold the paper in half lengthwise again.  From the center fold of your paper to the 1" scored line you made in the previous step, score at 1/2 inch.  (See example below.) You will then score your paper the same way every 1/2" across the length of your paper.  For example, you'll score again at 1", 1 1/2", 2" 2 1/2", etc.  I drew a couple of the lines in the next photo to make it easier to visualize.  You won't want to draw on your paper though.

Once you have finished scoring those lines, you will then cut the newly scored lines using your The Ultimate Crafters Companion or scissors.  

Unfolded, your paper should now look like this. (Without the writing.)

Next, using a strong adhesive, fold one of the shorter edges over the other, creating a circle.  Line up the first 1/2 inch score lines on the edges when doing this for a seamless lantern.

Once your adhesive has dried, your lantern will easily stand on it's own.

Next, add a 1 1/2 inch paper strip to the top and bottom of the lantern for a more finished look.  Here you can see that I created my paper lantern using patterned piece of card stock.  You can also punch out a border on your paper strips, as I have in this lantern.

Finally, glue a 1 x 12" strip of paper to the inside for a handle.  It's ready to be hung in your house now.

Here is the completed lantern.  After making the first, you will see how easily and quickly you can create these.  They are great for any holiday too.

Here's a birthday one I made using a sentiment from one of Crafter's Companion's new Stamp-it Australia stamp collection.  There are fifteen new stamp sets being released in time for CHA and they are GORGEOUS!  I will be sharing more of them with you over the next couple of weeks.

I hope I've inspired you to join our Anything but a Card challenge.  If you decide to create a paper lantern, be sure to pop by and let me know.  I'd love to see it!

I am entering my project over at Created with love challenges where the challenge this week is anything but a card.

Have a wonderful day!



Scrappin Chris said...

I remember doing something like this in arts and crafts at the recreation program I attended in the summers as a kid. Its a timeless project. Thanks for joining us at Created With Love Challenges


Lady Bug Stampers said...

Wow this is quite the project, so creative an unique. Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial with us at Created with Love Challenges.
Linda K.

Kendra said...

WOW! Great tutorial ~ thanks for all the tips on using this product! Love how it turned out!

Stacy H-W said...

I'm going to have to try this!! Love both of your lanterns and the easy tutorial!!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

These are super fun lanterns! Carri~Abusybee