What you'll need:
- Index paper or cardstock (8 1/2 x 11")
- utility knife, steel ruler & cutting mat OR paper cutting machine.
- Bone folder & ruler
- 2 skeins embroidery floss
- Playing card
- Assorted beads
- Beading thread and needle
- PVA glue
|The Basic Lantern Pattern
Or, if you have a paper cutting machine, you can download a copy of my design, which fits two lanterns on a single sheet of cardstock. I designed the pattern in Cricut's DesignSpace. And because I hate wasting paper, I filled the rest of the sheet with some little gift cards and tags.
|Lantern's cut out - time to fold
- Work from the inside/back of the paper.
- Score each fold-line first by lining up your ruler, then running the tip of the bone folder down the line along the edge of your ruler.
- Then, without moving your ruler, slip the bone folder underneath the flap and use it to help fold the paper up along the edge of the ruler. I couldn't get a good picture of this because it required more hands than I had available.
- Remember to score and fold the little overlap flap at the left edge of the design, too. Use the pattern photo above as reference.
Create the Tassel
Now, it's time to make the tassel. A while back, I wrote a detailed blog post on how I make my little tassels, so I won't repeat the entire process here.
|A quick review from my 2011 post
This time around, I ended up using a couple of playing cards stacked together for stability, because I liked their size. I wound the embroidery floss around the cards width-wise, using about 1 1/2 half skeins. Once I had the thickness I wanted, I tied off the centers on both sides of the card, and cut the ends from the edges of the card using the utility knife (Exacto blade).
|going for the look of candle flames
This method makes two tassels. I decorated the tassels with a little beadwork, including some peyote stitch around the neck, and then a beaded 'chain'. Adjust the length of the chain so the tassel hangs where you want it.
|testing the length & fit
Putting it all together: Finish the chain with a larger bead that will hanging inside the lantern, and a larger bead above the lantern, then a little loop of beads. You need a large bead inside, and a large bead outside to act as 'stop' beads so the tassel stays where you want it. Test the fit with the lantern to make sure this works. Adjust your beading if necessary.
Now it's time to glue it all together.
|Gluing the bottom - fold in the back first
Before you fold in the bottom front panel, make sure that you apply glue to the outer edge of the little side flap. Take a look at the next photo below.
|Glueing it all together
|The finished ornament
Final Notes: I used solid-colored paper for my lanterns, and decorated the outer side with designs 'drawn' with a metallic gold pen. But you can change the look simply by changing the color palette or using patterned papers.
Next I want to make one using dark blue paper and silver ink, then make an 'icy' tassel to go inside the lantern. Then I'd have Fire and Ice!
So there's my quick little "Lantern" ornament idea.