Ooo, I’m just so excited for this one! It’s Disney, it’s die cut, it’s the newest addition in my paper lantern collection. Everyone, give a warm welcome to The Little Mermaid herself, starring in my lovely, new Ariel paper lantern design!
Be sure to check out my other Disney paper lantern designs in this series!
This design posed a lot of challenges for me, and, because of that, these lanterns will definitely hold a special place in my heart. I wanted the main scene to be above the water, but also wanted to depict a below-water scene while keeping the flow of the overall design. There are actually a few different iconic Ariel scenes, but I went with the one of her on the rock—looking at the shore. I couldn’t fined a way to fit Prince Eric in, but we can assume he is somewhere in the castle: gazing in her direction too (so romantic).
To learn how to assemble my paper lanterns, see this tutorial.
It took me quite a while to figure out how I was going to depict the top of the water while still making Ariel and the castle stand out. Once I came up with a style, it ended up being really fun to add the choppy waves, and that ended up being my very favorite part of the whole design!
I swear, every time I design one of these, I think to myself, “Wow, that’s the most intricate design I’ve ever created.” I’m not sure if these really are increasing in intricacy, or if I just forget how much detail went into the past designs.
I hope you enjoy my new Ariel paper lantern as much as I do! I love the challenge of making these designs, and I’m happy to have awesome readers like you to share them with. Any suggestions for who my next lantern design should feature?
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**All Disney-inspired designs on this site are unofficial, fan creations and not associated with the Disney cooperation.