DIY Nordic Inspired Paper Star Lantern

Paper star lanterns can be seen shining brightly in Scandinavian home windows in December to welcome family and friends on dark winter nights.

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Originally a Nordic tradition, star lanterns are finding their way into homes around the world, and with good reason – they’re beautiful and budget-friendly!

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Materials needed for paper star lantern:

  • 1 sheet of poster board
  • 1 Ikea cable lighting set
  • low-temperature light bulb
  • scissors
  • 1/8″ hole punch
  • X acto knife
  • cutting mat
  • pen or pencil
  • Clear tape
  • Star Lantern Template: Download HERE.

How to make the paper star lantern:

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Step 1: Start with a template

Print out the template. Using a combination of scissors, X-Acto knife and hole punch, cut out the star and octagon.

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Step 2: Trace

Draw two stars and an octagon on the back of the poster board.

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Step 3: Cutting Process

Cut out the stars and octagon, including the slits in the center of the octagon (the slits will hold the bulb/wire set).

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Step 4: Folds

Lay the octagon face down on your work surface with the short ends pointing up and down your work surface. Fold the top and bottom edges back 1/4″.

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Step 5: Duct Tape

Glue the octagon’s flap to the back of the star’s top tip, positioned above the 4-pointed star and below the 3 circles.

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Step 6: Glue the other side

Glue the gold side of the octagon to the star as well. Repeat steps 5 and 6 with the other star so that the octagon is suspended between the two stars.

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Step 7: Add the Lightbulb – LED

Feed the bulb/cable set through the opening created by the slits in the center of the octagon. Plug in the light and hang it on the window.

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