Saturday, February 27, 2010

Paper Lanterns

This long, cold Florida winter which has been icky and grey is sucking the life and spirit out of me and everyone else by the sound of things. We all need some spring color in our lives. I decided to make colorful paper lanterns out of colored copy paper. I had previously made one out of scrapbooking paper, but in an effort to save the expensive materials I decided to go with the cheaper, flimsy copy paper. I do not suggest using it. I will not do so again. However the color effect was wonderful. To make these you will need something to cut the paper, scissors are fine if you're a straight cutter, a hole punch, and some brads. The cheap office depot kind are fine. Below is a picture of the scrapbooking paper lantern I made last week. It was super easy and quick to make and it turned out perfectly.
Close up of the scrapbook paper lantern. It will look great hanging from the ceiling or a tree for Easter. There needs to be a few more made to go along with it. If you want to make this cut strip of card stock about 3/4 of an inch in width and about 7 inches long. You will need 15 strips to make one paper lantern. I cut several strips at a time because cutting paper with a slide blade is a great stress reliever! The trickiest part of this whole activity is making sure the hole punches line up. They don't have to be exact, but close. Here are the brads I used. I wish I had some of the cheaper Office Depot ones, but I used what I had. Oh, be sure to punch holes at both ends of the strips. Insert and secure the brads and begining pulling strips around starting from the back. You can see that this lantern is not as sturdy as the card stock one. I will use card stock from now own or any other sturdy paper I can recycle for this craft. This one was tricky. I used three colors and getting them to line up properly took some effort. Here are the two lanterns I made out of copy paper and the one I made from card stock. CARD STOCK from now on! If you want to see a better tutorial visit http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2009/12/paper-lantern-ornaments.html Happy Craftin!
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1 comment:

Sabrina said...

Very cute!! You have always been creative. :)