Paper Lantern

by Rebecca Deeprose

Create a lighted mini lantern for a warm holiday decoration.


  • Printable Paper Lantern Template (revised)
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Strong double sided tape
  • Scoring board with scoring tool or stylus
  • Tissue paper
  • Shaped die and die cutting machine for openings (optional)
  • Battery-powered tea light
  • Other supplies as needed to embellish the lantern


  1. Step 1

    Print Paper Lantern Template (revised) and choose how you will use it. Print directly onto your lantern paper or cut out the template and trace it onto paper, or attach the printed template to the paper with temporary adhesive before cutting out the paper and template together.

  2. Step 2

    Prepare the pieces, cutting with scissors along the solid lines.

  3. Step 3

    Score the dashed lines and the center square of the base.

  4. Step 4

    Prepare the openings on the base, either cutting by hand or die cutting.

    To die cut using a more narrow die cutting machine, fold in one side of the base.
    Die cut the window shape out of a sticky note to help center die before cutting.

  5. Step 5

    Lay tissue paper over the window openings to roughly measure the size needed.

  6. Cut and adhere tissue paper to the inside of the 4 base openings, covering the windows.

  7. Step 6

    Adhere double sided tape to tab on lid and 4 tabs on the base.

  8. Step 7

    Fold along the score lines and adhere the tabs.

  9. Step 8

    Embellish lantern to complete the project.



  1. This lantern can be embellished to suit any occasion. In addition to holiday or seasonal themes, consider using these lanterns for bridal or baby showers, wedding tables or graduation parties. They’re wonderful as little party favors.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Paper Lantern. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

love it, it's absolutley gorgeous!!!!
Olga  |  Wed Nov 19, 2014 at 6:32 AM
Very fun! Do you think I could use vellum instead of tissue paper?
muscrat  |  Wed Nov 19, 2014 at 8:19 AM
I think vellum would work perfectly. I used a stencil sheet in mine.
dina  |  Wed Nov 19, 2014 at 8:25 AM
Soo cute! with so many possibilities! TFS!
Elaine Barr  |  Wed Nov 19, 2014 at 8:51 AM
Thank you for sharing this tutorial. You explained everything in the right amount of detail and I look forward to making one.. two..
maureen davino  |  Wed Nov 19, 2014 at 10:17 AM
I love this! Can't wait to make some.
Rebecca Ruediger  |  Wed Nov 19, 2014 at 11:24 AM
This is super cute. What are the dimensions of the finished project?
Regina Hamilton  |  Wed Nov 19, 2014 at 1:32 PM
If you only have a Big Shot which takes 6" wide pieces, why not just fold one side of template to center and die cut the oval of the single layer and then unfold, go to next side and fold again cutting on the unfolded piece, etc.
Really cute tea light box!
Sue Nohl  |  Wed Nov 19, 2014 at 8:20 PM
Great tip, Sue! That works perfectly.

Regina, the lantern is about 3.5" high.
dina  |  Wed Nov 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM
I really like this lantern. But, what I like even better is that you recognize that there are people who do not have a die cut machine. T
Elizabeth N Anderson  |  Thu Nov 20, 2014 at 10:18 AM
As soon as I saw this I made one and liked it so well, I went shopping for more materials. I then assembled six kits to hand out to family members at Thanksgiving. I included the template and instructions, die cut & scored the cardstock with sticky tape affixed, cut the vellum to size, included tea lights and a variety of holiday embellishments. I know at least four of them will make these and the other two will probably give them away but I had fun. I think this would make a cute hostess gift as well (but this hostess has hers already). Thank you for sharing!
Melanie R  |  Thu Nov 20, 2014 at 1:26 PM
CUTE! I'm definitely going to make these this weekend!
Dorlene Durham  |  Fri Nov 21, 2014 at 10:39 AM
I am having trouble getting the sides of the lantern to line up it seems some sides are longer.
Barbara  |  Fri Nov 21, 2014 at 1:29 PM
So sorry, Barbara - Rebecca is checking the template to see what tweaks may need to be made.
dina  |  Fri Nov 21, 2014 at 1:36 PM
I've posted an updated template with corrected measurements - go forth and create!! smile
dina  |  Sat Nov 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM
When I made this I had to tweak as well. I thought it was something I had done. Thank you for revising the template.
Melanie R  |  Sun Nov 30, 2014 at 8:41 AM
Die Laterne ist fantastisch. Sie gefällt mir sehr gut. So liebevoll gestaltet und so gut erklärt.
Vielen Dank für die Anleitung. Ich werde sie bestimmt bald nach basteln.
Liebe Grüße Beate
Beate M  |  Tue Dec 16, 2014 at 2:07 AM
I just love it can't wait to have a go x
mary kelly  |  Thu Jan 1, 2015 at 8:21 AM

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