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.
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!
Materials needed for paper star lantern:
- 1 sheet of poster board
- 1 Ikea cable lighting set
- low-temperature light bulb
- 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:
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.
Step 2: Trace
Draw two stars and an octagon on the back of the poster board.
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).
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″.
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.
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.
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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