Brighten up your home with a Christmas lantern. Learn how to turn an ordinary lantern into a festive decoration.
Watch our how-to video tutorial and read on for written instructions with photos.
Metal Sheet/Scrapbooking Paper
Battery Operated Lights
Tin Punch Pattern
Let’s Get Started!
STEP 1: GATHER SUPPLIES
The first step is to gather the supplies. Are you going to use metal sheets, scrapbooking paper or a combination? For this lantern, I used a copper metal sheet for the front and scrapbook paper for the sides and back.
Other supplies you will need are a nail, hammer, scissor, cardboard, ribbon, tin punch pattern, floral sprig and battery-operated lights.
If you need a pattern for punching the holes, you can make your own pattern or here are some examples of free tin punch patterns I found online by searching using the phase, “Free patterns for tin punching”.
STEP 2: CUTTING TIN OR SCRAPBOOK PAPER
Remove the glass from the lantern and use the glass as a guide for cutting the metal or scrapbook paper.
As you can see, I already punched the metal sheet. To do it, I cutout the pattern and scotch taped it to the metal. To punch the scrapbook paper, I did not need a pattern. I used the design on the paper as a guide for punching the holes. But if you prefer to use a pattern on the scrapbook paper, cut the pattern the same size as the paper and tack with scotch tape on back to hold in place.
STEP 3: PUNCHING TIN OR SCRAPBOOK PAPER
Place the metal sheet or scrapbook paper on a piece or two of corrugated cardboard. You want to protect your work surface. With a hammer and nail, begin punching holes. Continue punching until all the pieces are completed.
STEP 4: INSERT PANELS
Insert the completed hole-punched panels into the lantern and secure in place.
STEP 5: ADD BOW
Make a bow with floral sprig and attach to the top of the lantern.
STEP 6: ADD LIGHTS
Insert the battery-operated lights inside and enjoy.
NOTE: Do not use an ordinary candle or anything with a flame. Use only battery operated lights or candles.
This lantern will look great on a fireplace mantle, table, window sill or shelf.
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This lantern is just right for decorating at Christmas, weddings or other special occasion. It can be placed on tables, shelves, fireplace mantle or window sill. It can be hung outside or on a Shepard hook.
It measures 5.5" x 5.5" x 12" and is glass and metal..
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