Not too long after our eldest became engaged, I saw an idea for a reception table decoration. Since she had decided on a rustic theme, I suggested these paper lanterns with a bird window to match her invitations. We ended up making 17 lanterns in all. I started way ahead of time with the cutting and scoring, then waited until the week of the wedding for the assembly. The paper stored flat in a drawer, but the 17 lanterns took up a bit of space.
|Paper Bird Lanterns|
Here are the supplies that you'll need to get started:
- 2 sheets of sturdy paper for each lantern body. 8.5 x 11 is what I used.
- A translucent paper for the window and the top. Depending on your cut-out opening, you may be able to get 2 or 3 from a single sheet of 8.5 x 11. My design was about 3 inches from the top of the bird's head to the bottom of his tail. I got 3 strips from each sheet. You can get 2 tops from one sheet.
- Exacto knife for cutting out the window shape (or a punch if you can find one in the shape you need. Butterflies abound: birds we liked, did not!) This pink swivel x-acto was perfect for all the curvy cuts.
- Stencil (if you're not using a punch)
- pen or pencil for tracing your stencil
- Cutting mat or something to protect your working surface from the knife
- Butter knife (You don't want a serrated blade for scoring for the folds)
- Glue stick or some other glue made for paper products. Those sold in the scrapbooking section of your favorite store work best as they don't tend to wrinkle the paper. Elmer's school glue is a bit wet for this purpose.
You'll notice that the birds are reversed from the above picture to the one below. Flip the stencil over. I did this so that when I draw the design on the good paper, I'm drawing on the back of it. That way, I don't have to worry about pencil lines showing on the good side. To make sure I always put it properly on the paper, I wrote myself some notes about how to line it up. If I couldn't read it, I knew I had the stencil wrong side up. (you can click on the picture to see it enlarged)
The picture below shows the paper with the elements cut out.
Now put some glue on the outside-the good side - of the 1 inch section on one sheet and more glue on the inside - the wrong side- of the other sheet. Press them together. Then join the far left with the far right the same way you joined the center. Glue on the outside of the 1 inch section and the inside edge of the other end. Stick them together.
Now you've got your basic box.