Great news—I’ve got another Disney paper lantern to share with all of you! But, before I do, I just have one question for you: who puts the glad in gladiator? Hercules! That’s right, today I’m sharing a design based on *probably* my favorite Disney movie. So, get ready to flex your creative muscles, and create this awesome Hercules paper lantern.
Be sure to check out my other Disney paper lantern designs in this series!
Hercules is one of my very favorite Disney movies, and I’ve been dying to create a lantern based on it ever since I started this series. Reasons I love this movie:
- The music is fantastic. From inspiring songs like Go the Distance, to upbeat, gospel-like tunes such as Zero to Hero, to songs you can’t help but sing along to like I Wont’ Say I’m In Love (seriously, I dare you to listen to that song and not sing along—no, don’t even bother, it’s not possible), it is simply a musical masterpiece.
- It’s based in Greek mythology (aka, the only mythology anyone ever pays attention to in high school history class…except for maybe Egyptian mythology… No, Greek still wins, sorry Egypt).
- The characters are just phenomenal. I mean, has there ever been a snarkier, totally evil, but somehow super relatable, bad guy than Hades? And Megara is, by far, my favorite Disney heroine! “I’m a damsel, I’m in distress, I can handle this. Have a nice Day!” If any of you follow me on Goodreads (which I’m sure none of you do; because, why would you?), then you know that strong female characters in books, and, by extension, in movies, are kind of my thing. Megara is nothing if not a totally kick-butt female character! She is independent, self-sacrificing, and doesn’t take crap from anyone (even the Lord of the Dead himself).
When I set out to design my Hercules paper lantern, I knew I wanted to capture the essence of the characters more than anything. Being a two-dimensional, single-color piece, this can be pretty challenging. I went back and forth a lot on how to pose each character, but am pleased with the overall result!
Having Hercules and Meg in the middle of Hercules’s “daring rescue” felt like a good choice to show off their personalities, and it is a personal favorite scene of mine.
For Hades, I felt I had to depict him in one of those relatable, frustrated moments. “Memo to me: maim you after my meeting.”
And, of course, I just had to work the muses into the mix. I chose this scene because it feels extra Disneyesque to me, and reminds me of the singing busts from the Haunted Mansion ride.
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 with that scene depicting the muses—the design gets pretty intricate there.
Have fun with my latest Disney creation! And I hope you enjoy having the Hercules soundtrack stuck in your head now for the rest of the day.
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