I’ve been hard at work designing a new die cut for my Disney Paper Lanterns Series, and I’m so excited to unveil it to you today! If you’re as big a Disney fan as I am, then you are probably well aware of a certain movie trailer that came out last week. So, if you’re anxiously awaiting the new, live-action remake of this classic Disney film, I have a feeling you’re going to love today’s freebie. Feast your eyes on this one-of-a-kind, delicately designed, Beauty and the Beast paper lantern.
I’m tellin’ you, these designs just keep getting more and more intricate! I thought I’d pretty much reached the limit in the details department with my last paper lantern design, but I think this new paper cut proves differently.
I’ve had a couple requests in the past to show how I put these lanterns together, so I thought I’d give you an overview of the process this time around.
What You Need
- My Paper Lantern Template
- Card Stock
- A Cutting Machine (I use a Cricut) or X-Acto Knife
- Hot Glue
- Bone Folder (optional)
How To Make
1. Use your cutting machine to cut out the card stock (be patient: this cut is quite intricate and takes roughly 15 minutes to complete. Maybe watch the Beauty and the Beast trailer a couple times while you wait). Cut a piece of vellum to fit across the four panels.
(Hint: I’ve included a pdf version of the file if you don’t have a cutting machine. You can print off the template and cut out the shapes with an X-acto knife, but it will be tedious.)
2. Glue your vellum to the inside of the lantern.
3. Fold each of the sides and tabs as shown.
(Hint: I like to use a bone folder for this. It’s not 100% necessary, but it will give you some really nice creases and make it easier to glue later on.)
4. Glue the tabs on the inside of the lantern to connect all the sides and bottom.
For tips on creating this delicate paper cut, see the FAQ section on my website.
I really just love how this all came together! I was worried that the stain glass-style rose panel wouldn’t turn out because there are so many fine lines, but my Cricut proved to be up for the challenge! Now I love that panel so much that I’ve been wondering if I should create another large-scale, stain glass, paper cut design to go along with it.
If you haven’t seen the other lanterns I’ve created as part of my Disney Paper Lanterns Series, you definitely need to check them out:
And if you’re a fan of my lantern designs, don’t worry, there are definitely more to come! I just can’t stay away from the Disney theme.
I hope you enjoy my Beauty and the Beast paper lantern design! I had been wanting to do a Beauty and the Beast version for a while, but the decision was solidified when I asked my readers what design they would prefer I do next, and this was the clear winner. So, with that said, what Disney movie do you think I should feature in my next installment?
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