Let's make some square or box-shaped paper lanterns which can be placed on a table-top with a tea light or hung for decoration. All we need is some paper, and if
you are hanging them, some string or curling ribbon and a lot of folding, creasing and scoring!
There are only a few steps to these beautiful square paper lanterns with 3D rhomboid facets. What's important for this project is the
kind of paper to use depending on whether you will be using them only as decoration or with a light.
To use just as decoration whether table top or hanging, regular lightweight construction paper will do, and if
using a light, either a tea light or string lights, then the translucent paper works best to let the light shine through.
Degree of difficulty: MEDIUM, there is a lot of folding and creasing on this one, appropriate for older children with some
Make A Square or Box-Shaped Paper Lantern
- One sheet red paper
- Scoring tool and board if available
- If hanging: curling ribbon, paper raffia, string, yarn, or similar
- Gold paper for trimming
- Fold about 1/2 inch from one end of the red paper, the short end. This will make the overlapping lid on the side of the box.
- Fold the paper in half and then in quarters to form all four sides of the box
- We start the scoring and creasing part now, using the scoring tool if you have one or the edge of the scissors,
score along the length of the paper in the middle
- Score twice more along the length of the paper
- And three more creases perpendicular to the existing ones
- You will end up with 16 rectangles and the side lid
- More scoring that will shape the 3D rhomboid facets
- Trace diagonal lines on the eight middle rectangles
- To form the bottom of the table-top lantern, or top of the hanging lantern, make cuts between the bottom row of squares
- Fold the top band in half
- Apply glue to the side lid
- Fold the four sides of the square to form the box
- Glue in place
- Apply glue to the flaps
- Fasten together to form the bottom of the lantern
- The box is ready, but we still need to shape the 3D facets
- To shape the 3D rhomboid facets, very carefully push in the middle of the rhomboids along the creases, starting on one corner and working your way around.
Ready! Place your square lantern on the table, add a battery-operated tea light inside and enjoy!
For the hanging box-shaped lantern, we add a couple of extra steps to add the string, and some trimming at the bottom. You follow all the steps above
up to Step 10.
Before glueing the bottom, which in this case becomes the top of the lantern, we need to thread some string, we used gold curling ribbon.
- Using a hole puncher or other sharp object, make a small orifice on the four overlapping flaps
- Thread the string or ribbon through and make a big knot at the end to hold it in place
- If using a light, this is when you will string your light through instead of the ribbon
- Glue the flaps at the top
- Push through the creases to form the 3D rhomboid facets as in Step 13 above.
- We will make a little gold fringe to hang from the bottom of the lantern, you can use anything you wish for trimming
- Cut a stripe of gold paper, same length to go around the four sides of the box
- Glue the edge of the gold paper to the bottom of the lantern
- Cut the gold paper in thin little stripes to form the fringe
Your box-shaped hanging lantern is ready! Hang it and enjoy!
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You can decorate easily with traditional or battery-operated lanterns, paper cuttings, lucky coins and banners to add a splash to the celebrations!
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