Ready for an adventure in Wonderland? That’s right—it’s a brand new Disney paper lantern based on, you guessed it, Alice in Wonderland! Quite possibly my most elaborate design yet, this lantern takes you through some of the most iconic scenes, and includes a couple features you’ll have to really look for to appreciate. So, follow the white rabbit down, down, down the rabbit hole for a cup of tea, a rousing game or croquet, and more in this fanciful Alice in Wonderland paper lantern.
Be sure to check out my other Disney paper lantern designs in this series!
Whenever I design these lanterns, I’m faced with the same dilemma; that is, what do I include? I always start off by making a list of scenes or elements I really want the design to have, and I can honestly say that Alice in Wonderland gave me the longest list yet! Although I wasn’t able to fit everything in that I wanted to (namely the white rabbit, the talking flowers, Tweedledee and Tweedledum), I feel like the finished product pays homage to both the animated movie and the Disneyland ride quite well.
When I finally did select the scenes I was going to use for the design, I was missing a crucial element: the Cheshire Cat. I pondered for two days on how I was going to work him into the design. After all, I couldn’t design an Alice in Wonderland lantern without him. Then, one night, I had an epiphany! Immediately, I went to my husband (whom I often discuss my designs with) and told him, “The top of the lantern! I’m going to put the Cheshire Cat on top of the lantern; and, with each scene, he’ll disappear more and more!”
So, not only did the Cheshire Cat find a way into the design, but he ended up being a focal point, and my favorite part of the piece (as well as the inspiration for my lantern color choice).
To learn how to assemble my paper lanterns, see this tutorial.
Like most all my paper lanterns, removing the final design from your cutting mat is as much of an art as the cut itself. With this one, make sure to take particular care in the “Queen of Hearts croquet” scene—the card soldier’s weapons are quite fragile.
Have fun putting this Alice in Wonderland paper lantern together! I am really proud of this design, and I hope you find as much joy and whimsy in it as I do.
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