Unfortunately, I don't have many Halloween decorations.
So I made some.
Perhaps other people would like to make some too.
|I know, my setup is very Halloween-y.|
1) cardstock - one sheet per lantern
2) vellum - one sheet per three lanterns
3) electric tea light candles
5) exacto knife
6) cutting mat
8) glue stick
9) the lantern pattern - get it here
Print the pattern, cut it out, and trace it onto the black cardstock. I used white cardstock so that (a) the stencil would be sturdy, and (b) I can use the stencil to make another lantern when I'm done.
Cut it out. A sharp exacto blade will make all the difference here. If your blade doesn't cut the paper with little effort from you, do yourself a favor and buy some new blades.
Score the fold lines. Score the fold lines. Really, it'll make the folds cleaner and easier.
(Psst, "score" means you scratch it, like with scissors.)
Find some images for your vellum windows. You're going to want to shrink and crop them down to 2"x2". Karen's Whimsy, The Graphics Fairy, and Google Images are all good places to find graphics for your lanterns. You can also download the images I used for my lanterns here. The file is in Microsoft Word format to (hopefully) make it easier to drop in your own images. The images are from a scrapbooking collection entitled Ravenhead Manor.
Anyway, print them out, cut them up, and glue them to the inside of the lantern windows.
Fold it up, glue the tabs, and drop in one of those battery-operated tea light candles. Close the top and it's done!
You can get the open-top pattern here.
Or, if you are feeling so inclined, you can fill it with treats!
To review, here are the files available for download:
pattern for the closed-top lantern
pattern for the open-top lantern
sample vellum windows