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Monday, December 10, 2012

Folk Art Lanterns

Hello Everyone!  It's Renee from I came, I saw, I created ready to share a quick holiday project with you.  I know that many of you are looking for quick, easy and inexpensive ways to decorate for the holidays or simply to add some cheer to a small space.  How about creating some paper "gilded" lanterns?

Materials Used:
  • Cricut cartridge Folk Art Festival
  • Gold paper
  • Variety of colored vellum
  • Tea lights
CCR file:

Gypsy file:

  1. Using the files provided, cut each lantern from gold paper.  I used gold placemats from Target that I found in the holiday decor dept.  I liked the lightness and "gilded" look of the paper.
  2. When cutting the homes, remove just the house base from the mat at first.  Then use transfer paper to capture and move the house "insides" (this is optional, but easier then moving each  piece one by one) and set aside. Pull the 12x12 piece of paper from the mat.
  3. Using different colored vellum for each lantern, adhere it to the back of each gold sheet.  Take  your transfer tape and adhere the house "insides" on to the the vellum of each coordinating house.  At this point, I took an extra step and cut two of the lanterns down a bit in size (height) to create more of a trio look upon completion (optional).
  4. Using a tape runner or strip tape, bring the two ends together and adhere one end on top of the other.
  5. Now just add tea lights to the inside of each lantern to light up your "gilded" lanterns.


  1. Wow, these are beautiful. What a great project.

  2. Renee~ these are beautiful! Thank you for sharing a wonderful gift idea with us.

  3. These are gorgeous Renee! What a fantastic idea!

  4. Beautiful Renee. I wish I had more room in my house so I could make some of these. Thanks for sharing.

  5. very very nice Renee. i love the use of the colored vellum.

  6. What a very creative idea! I love lanterns and these are very pretty! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Very pretty! I love the gold on them.

  8. Terrific project. Perfect for the holidays.

  9. These are beautiful!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. So pretty -love the Folk Art cartridge for the lanterns. Adorable - they are pretty even not lit up. Thanks Renee for sharing.

  11. These lanterns are so beautiful. I love Folk Art too. You can do so much with it.


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