How To Make a Paper Cathedral Lantern

How To Make a Paper Cathedral Lantern

The weather is warming up! Soon it will be time for those long awaited summer parties and get-togethers! Are you looking for a new and unique decoration for your warm-weather parties this year? You’ve probably seen some of those beautiful DIY paper lanterns that people hang on their back porches, or sometimes in their homes. You may be wondering how you create something like this for yourself that will outshine all of the neighbor’s decorations.  You can create a unique and beautiful lantern with JAM’s shining translucent paper! How is it done? Let's shine some light on the situation!

Two white paper cathedrals

To make it you will need:

Art supplies for paper cathedral lantern: paper, tape, ruler, scissors, pencil, eraser, twine, glue
  • 9 sheets of platinum translucent paper
  • 9 Sheets of white 100lb cardstock
  • Liquid Clear Dry Glue
  • A Glue Stick
  • A ruler
  • A Pencil
  • An craft knife or scissors
  • A light source (We used a battery operated light. Light source should be 2.75 inches in diameter or smaller)
  • Mason Jar lid or other 2.75 inch circular object
  • Double Stick Super Tape
  • String

Step 1:

Place one sheet of vellum paper onto a flat surface and, using the ruler and your pencil, mark halfway points on the top, bottom, and both sides. (With 8.5 x 11 inch paper, halfway points will be 5.5 inches on the long sides and 4.25 inches on the short sides). Draw a diamond on the paper using these points. Use the ruler to keep your lines straight

Step 2:

Draw two straight lines down the middle of the diamond long ways and short ways. These lines should insect in the middle.

A ruler over paper, used to measure and draw lines

Step 3:

Measure 2.4 cm, 5.3cm, and 8.3cm coming from the left side on the longer line. Mark these measurements and then draw straight lines going up to the above line for each one. Flip the diamond over and repeat on the other side

How to make a Paper Cathedral Lantern, Ruler, Pencil,l Lines, Tracing

It should look like this.

Pencilled diagram on paper - used for cathedral lantern

Step  4:

Using your scissors or a craft knife (on a blade-safe surface), cut out the diamond along its outer edges. . Once the diamond shape is independent of the original paper, cut along the 2.5, 5.3, and 8.3 cm lines.

Step 5:

Repeat steps 1-4 with all other 8 sheets of paper. USE YOUR ERASER TO ERASE ALL PENCIL LINES.

Lantern diagram cut out of paper sheet

Step 6:

  Stack the diamonds so that they are lined up with downward and upward slits facing in the same directions. Pick up the one at the top and fold both pointed sides towards the middle and slide the two most inward slits (the longest slits) so that they overlap and keep the paper rolled into this shape.

Paper folded along measured lines Repeat this with every piece.

Step 7:

Now you will connect the pieces to each other using the remaining notches. Start with one piece and connect another to it using the middle notches. Repeat until nine pieces are notched together in a row. Connect the smallest slits in places where they overlap. Connect the two end pieces using the middle and smallest notches so that all pieces are connected in a round shape.

Step 8:

To reinforce the shape, use clear-dry glue on each of the cross sections along the smallest slits. Let glue dry completely.

Clear-dry glue applied to cross sections along smallest slits

Step 9:

On white card stock, use the pencil to trace your Mason jar lid or circular object. You will need 9 circles. I fit them all on one sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch card stock. Cut out each circle using scissors.

Mason jar lid traced 9 times on card stock to create perfect circles

Step 10:

Using a glue stick, glue all of the circles onto each other so that they form a sturdy cylinder.

Cutout circles glued together to form a sturdy cylinder

Step 11:

Unroll enough Super Tape to go around the entire edge of the cylinder. Carefully wrap it around it around the edge until ends meet. Remove the top red layer of tape to expose the other sticky side. Have another person hold the section on the lantern upward and apart of the table so the space in the middle is easily accessible. Place the cylinder inside so that it supports the pieces and spaces the apart. The tape along the edge should be sticking the middle inside of the pieces.  It should look like this:

Cylinder placed in open lantern and taped to hold it together and spread sections apart

Step 12:

Next you will need to attached string for hanging.For this, you will need string in the color of your choice. I used our Ivory Kraft Twine . Cut four, long even lengths of the string. The exact length of your string will depend on how high or low you want your lantern to hang from the ceiling, hook or rod you hang it from. String each piece through the spaces around the card stock circle in the center and tape them with regular clear tape on the bottom. Pieces of string should be evenly placed on four sided of the circle.

Long twine attached to cylinder to allow it to be hung

Step 13: 

Now it's time to put your light source into the lantern! We used a round 2.5 inch battery operated push light found at a local dollar store. If you are also using a battery operated source, stick it to the top of the card stock circle. Our light has a self-adhesive backing. If yours does not, you maybe use more Super Tape to secure it in place!

Two-inch battery operated push light


Step 14:

Hang it up! We used tape to hang our lantern. You can also use the string to tie it to a hook, rod, or anything you wish to hang it from!

Paper cathedral lanterns hung from ceiling We hope your enjoy your unique homemade lantern and the elegant soft glow of light it casts on your home and social gatherings.  Let us know about your experience with trying this craft in the comments below!

Creating Your Paper Cathedral Lantern

Learning how to make a paper cathedral lantern is a fun and creative DIY project that can add a touch of elegance to any space. Whether you're looking to decorate for a special event or simply want to add some unique lighting to your home, this craft is a great choice. To get started, you'll need some basic supplies like paper, scissors, and a glue stick. You can choose to use colored or patterned paper to customize the lantern to your liking. Once you've gathered your materials, follow the step-by-step instructions to create your own beautiful paper cathedral lantern.

The Benefits of Paper Cathedral Lanterns

Paper cathedral lanterns offer a cost-effective and customizable lighting solution for any occasion. They can be used to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for parties, weddings, or other special events. Additionally, making your own lantern allows you to personalize the design and color scheme to match your decor. These lanterns also make great handmade gifts for friends and family, showcasing your creativity and thoughtfulness.

Use Cases for Paper Cathedral Lanterns

Paper cathedral lanterns can be used in a variety of settings, from outdoor gatherings to indoor home decor. They are perfect for adding a soft, ambient glow to a backyard barbecue or garden party. Indoors, they can be used as centerpieces for dining tables or as accent lighting in living spaces. Their versatility makes them a popular choice for DIY enthusiasts and event planners alike.

Alternatives to Paper Cathedral Lanterns

If you're looking for alternative options to paper cathedral lanterns, consider using other materials such as fabric or metal to create unique lighting fixtures. Fabric lanterns can add a soft, romantic touch to any setting, while metal lanterns offer a more industrial and modern aesthetic. Exploring different materials and designs can help you find the perfect lighting solution for your needs.

Tips for Making Paper Cathedral Lanterns

When making your paper cathedral lantern, be sure to take your time and follow the instructions carefully to ensure a polished final product. Experiment with different paper colors and patterns to create a personalized look that suits your style. Consider using LED tea lights or string lights to illuminate your lantern for a safe and long-lasting glow. Finally, don't be afraid to get creative and add embellishments like ribbons or beads to enhance the overall design.

Adding a Personal Touch to Your Paper Cathedral Lantern

One of the best things about making a paper cathedral lantern is the opportunity to infuse it with your own personal style. Whether you prefer a minimalist, monochromatic look or a vibrant, eclectic design, the possibilities are endless. Consider incorporating elements that hold special meaning to you, such as incorporating your favorite colors or patterns. This will not only make your lantern unique but also add a personal touch to your space.


Creating a Paper Cathedral Lantern

Are you looking to add a touch of elegance and creativity to your home decor? A paper cathedral lantern might be just what you need! In this article, we will guide you through the process of creating a stunning paper cathedral lantern step-by-step. From the materials needed to safety precautions, we've got you covered. Get ready to unleash your creativity and transform your living space with this beautiful DIY project!

Materials Needed

Before you begin creating your paper cathedral lantern, make sure you have the following materials on hand:

  • Colored or patterned paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Ruler
  • Decorative embellishments (optional)

Types of Paper

When choosing paper for your cathedral lantern, consider using translucent paper to create a soft glow when lit. You can also opt for colored or patterned paper to add a decorative touch to your lantern.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Follow these step-by-step instructions to create your paper cathedral lantern:

  1. Start by cutting your paper into a square shape.
  2. Fold the paper in half diagonally to create a triangle.
  3. Repeat the folding process two more times to create smaller triangles.
  4. Cut along the folded lines, leaving a small border at the edges.
  5. Unfold the paper and carefully glue or tape the edges together to form a lantern shape.

Folding Techniques

When folding the paper, make sure to crease the edges firmly to create sharp, clean lines. This will help the lantern maintain its shape and structure once assembled.

Decorating Tips

Once you have assembled your paper cathedral lantern, consider decorating it with the following tips:

  • Add intricate patterns using a stencil or hand-drawn designs.
  • Use metallic or glitter paper for a touch of sparkle and shine.
  • Attach beads, sequins, or ribbons to the lantern for added embellishments.
  • Experiment with different colors and textures to create a unique and personalized lantern.

Who Should Consider Creating a Paper Cathedral Lantern

If you enjoy DIY projects and want to add a unique touch to your home decor, creating a paper cathedral lantern is perfect for you. This project is also great for:

  • Art and craft enthusiasts looking for a creative outlet
  • Individuals who enjoy working with paper and experimenting with different designs
  • People looking to personalize their living space with handmade decorations
  • Those interested in creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere in their home
  • Anyone looking for a budget-friendly way to enhance their home decor

When to Embark on the Paper Cathedral Lantern Project

Consider creating a paper cathedral lantern when:

  1. You want to add a decorative element to a special event or celebration
  2. You're looking for a relaxing and creative activity to unwind after a long day
  3. You want to personalize your living space with handmade decor items
  4. You're in need of a budget-friendly home decor solution
  5. You want to explore your artistic side and experiment with different designs

Use Case Scenarios for Paper Cathedral Lanterns

Here are some examples of how paper cathedral lanterns can be used in various settings:

  • Weddings: Create paper cathedral lanterns to use as centerpieces or hanging decorations at a wedding reception.
  • Parties: Use paper cathedral lanterns to add a whimsical touch to birthday parties, baby showers, or other celebrations.
  • Home Decor: Place paper cathedral lanterns on shelves, mantels, or tables to add a warm and inviting glow to your living space.
  • Outdoor Events: Hang paper cathedral lanterns in your backyard or garden for a magical ambiance during outdoor gatherings.
  • Gifting: Create personalized paper cathedral lanterns as unique and thoughtful gifts for friends and family.

What Sets Our Paper Cathedral Lantern Apart

Our paper cathedral lantern stands out from the rest due to its intricate design and attention to detail. Each lantern is carefully crafted to ensure a beautiful and elegant finished product. The use of high-quality materials and precise folding techniques results in a durable and visually stunning lantern that will enhance any space. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced crafter, our paper cathedral lantern kit provides everything you need to create a masterpiece.

Exploring the Versatility of Paper Cathedral Lanterns

There are endless possibilities when it comes to using paper cathedral lanterns in different settings. From weddings to home decor, these versatile lanterns can add a touch of elegance and charm to any space. Let's explore some of the most popular use cases for paper cathedral lanterns and how you can make the most out of your crafting adventure.

Illuminate Your Space with a Paper Cathedral Lantern

From the materials needed to step-by-step instructions, decorating tips, and safety precautions, this article has provided a comprehensive guide on creating a stunning paper cathedral lantern for home decor. Real-world use cases and examples have showcased the beauty and versatility of paper cathedral lanterns. Now, it's time for you to unleash your creativity and transform your living space with this elegant DIY project. Get ready to illuminate your home with a touch of handmade charm!

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