Thursday, December 9, 2010

Lantern Tutorial Part 1

This is my tutorial for the Christmas Lantern. I think these would look so cute on a mantel with some Christmas greenery, and then in the spring you could add some spring flowers and a bird to make a wonderful display! Please leave a comment for me so that I can improve my tutorials! I would also love to see your creations!

This is the lantern template.
I had to enlarge it to 153% to get it to print the correct size. If you have problems, here are the exact sizes that the pieces need to be, and the directions for cutting them to the correct size.

Supplies for this project are:
Black 8 1/2 X 11 paper (3) pieces
White glitter paper 12 X 12 (1) piece or large scrap at least 12" long
Vellum 8 1/2 X 11 paper (1) piece
Decorative punch
Oval cutter
Paper cutter
Decorative element for the top

For the lantern, you will need to use the template, or use these directions to cut out the pieces:
You'll need (4) 4" X 4 1/2" black pieces

To each piece you will use the top left corner of the long side as your first point to mark with pencil. Then mark the top edge at 3 7/8.

Mark the bottom edge at 1/2" and 3 3/8".

Draw a line from the top mark to the bottom mark on the left side, then again on the right side.

Now mark 1/2" away from that line on the right side and draw another line.

Cut on the OUTSIDE lines only.

Score on the inside line and fold back

Snip off the top part of the the flap.

Cut out the oval center. If you need a center line, it's 2 15/16".

Cut (4) pieces of vellum 2 1/2" X 3 1/2". Adhere to the back of each lantern piece that you just created.

Base is 3 7/8" square.

Score 1/2" in from each side.

Trim each corner out inside the score lines and fold on the score lines.

Adhere lantern side to lantern base, being careful not to adhere flap. It gets a little tricky at this point, but you can do it!

Adhere the second side to the first side, then to the base.

Continue with the remaining sides.

The post is 6 1/2" X 4".

Put STRONG adhesive (I used Scor-Tape) on one short end, the carefully roll and attach with less than 1/2" overlap.

To connect the post to the base, use 4 scraps of black paper about 1/4" X 1", then fold in half.

Adhere one half into the post, then turn 1/4 turn and adhere the next one, continuing until all 4 are attached.

Test and mark your placement of the post onto the center of the bottom, then adhere in place.

Take a 3/4" X 6 1/2" piece of the glitter paper and use your decorative punch ( I used a Martha Stewart punch) on one long side.

Adhere to the bottom.

See Lantern Tutorial Part 2 for the lid and the remainder of the construction!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Lantern Tutorial Part 2

This is continuing the tutorial for the lantern. We are now going to make the lid and complete the lantern!

For the lid, you will need the template or (4) pieces 4 1/2" X 3 3/8".

Score 1/2" from the right (short)side and from the bottom.

Trim above the bottom score line on the right.

The top center will need marked at 2 1/8".

Draw a line from the top score mark on the left to the top center, and the right side to the center

Score the line on the right. Mark 1/2" away from this score line and cut.

Adhere the long flap first, the the bottom flap until you have the lid complete.

Take (2) 8 1/2" X 3/4" pieces of glitter paper and punch the edges, then score and fold at 4" and 8". Adhere to the bottom of the lid, overlapping the ends.

Add a bow around the post.

Embellish the top as you choose, or see my poinsettia tutorial, which should be posted within a week!

Add a battery powered tealight, put the lid on the top, and enjoy!