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Star lantern tutorial?

post #1 of 24
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I LOVE these star lanterns and would like to make some for our home. Does anyone know of a good pattern/tutorial?
post #2 of 24
I was JUST thinking about this today. I'll see if I can dig anything up for you.

in the meantime.
post #3 of 24
Okay, any links that I found for tutorials didn't pan out (one blog has gone poof, the other is closed to all but invited guests), but I believe you can find some instructions in _Crafts Through the Year_ by Thomas and Petra Berger.
post #4 of 24
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Thanks! I did find this PDF tutorial on Etsy . Trying to decide if I want to buy it.
post #5 of 24
See my post #18 in this thread.
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by honeybunmom View Post
See my post #18 in this thread.

Awesome!! Thank you!!
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by honeybunmom View Post
See my post #18 in this thread.
Thank you so much!
post #8 of 24
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Ok... I totally feel dumber than a brick. I bought the tutorial as well as looked at the free one and I still cannot figure this out . I get to the point of shaping the lantern and I'm lost.
post #9 of 24
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Ok... I totally feel dumber than a brick. I bought the tutorial as well as looked at the free one and I still cannot figure this out . I get to the point of shaping the lantern and I'm lost.
Click on the pictures and you'll be taken to the flickr set that has some light instructions.
post #10 of 24
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I had a moment shortly after I posted. I just used some notebook paper to make the first one but the girls and I are going to do some watercolor painting tonight.
post #11 of 24
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One more question... if you have made these, what size paper did you use? The only watercolor paper I could find locally was 9"x12" and the lanterns don't stand as tall as the ones I've been admiring.
post #12 of 24
I have made two different sizes, one was standard construction paper size and one was using larger watercolor paper-the size of the paper didn't matter, it was the diameter of the plate that I used for my circle. With the construction paper size, I used a smaller plate. The larger size is definitely easier to work with! Hope this helps!
post #13 of 24
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Sorry, that's what I meant... the circles I'm working with are small because I'm limited to the size of the paper. Is there a good online source for large watercolor paper? Or is there another type of paper suitable for lantern making?
post #14 of 24
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Sorry, that's what I meant... the circles I'm working with are small because I'm limited to the size of the paper. Is there a good online source for large watercolor paper? Or is there another type of paper suitable for lantern making?
I'd bet that Mercurius carries some. I bought some from Nova Natural that was a decent size. I'll ask at my daughter's school this morning if I remember, but, I do thing they order from Mercurius.
post #15 of 24
We use some ridiculously huge watercolor paper I get from our school store. I am not sure how large it is..at least 26 x 36.

Instead of a lid we use a compass which is really helpful and a bone folder is really great to make the folds perfect. HTH!
post #16 of 24
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I actually found big sheets of watercolor paper at Hobby Lobby today!
post #17 of 24
i keep saying I am going to make one and get overwhelmed!


i need to get over it!

i was also going to say that most craft stores have very large watercolor paper pads.
post #18 of 24
I looked at the free tutorial and I agree that it seems a little hard to follow. I'm pretty crafty, but it will require some work.

One question: the usual recommendation is to use LED lights rather than candles with these as the paper, if it caught on fire, would be a big hazard. In my house we LOVE natural things and incorporate a lot of fire (candles, fireplace, bonfire) during the winter months, but I can see that the combination of paper and fire is not a good one, especially with children involved.

Where would you get the right-sized LED lights? Are they thinking of Christmas lights? But those usually have far more bulbs than what would be needed here. Anybody have suggestions???
post #19 of 24
I just bought some "faux tealights" at Hobby Lobby in the candle section. They even mimic the flickering a candle makes. I'm going to go check out that tutorial!
post #20 of 24
We actually use our tealights with them with no problems. I make 2 sizes the big ones and then little ones, too. Neither have had any issues with catching fire. HTH!
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