Maleficent Paper Lantern – Disney Villain Paper Lantern Series

Brace yourselves—part three of my wonderfully wicked Disney Villain paper lantern series is here! With sinister lines like, “Now, shall you deal with ME, O Prince—and all the powers of HELL,” saying that today’s featured villain is no-nonsense would be an understatement. Feast your eyes on the nefarious necromancer and dreadful dragon in my newest design—this vilely villainous Maleficent paper lantern.

Maleficent Paper Lantern


Be sure to check out my other Disney paper lantern designs in this series!

Going from producing one paper lantern design per month to one every week is going to be the death of me. But, despite that, I am so incredibly please with the results. When did my first test-cut with this design, I couldn’t take my eyes off of that dragon—I just LOVE the way it turned out!

Maleficent Paper Lantern

And, once I added the green vellum liner, I found even more motivation to keep working on these villains. Don’t get me wrong, I still love all of my princesses, but I think these villain lanterns are climbing their way to the top in regards to my all-time favorites!

Maleficent Paper Lantern

To learn how to assemble my paper lanterns, see this tutorial.

I use a Cricut Explore to do my die cut designs, and I absolutely love it! For tips on creating this delicate paper cut, see the FAQ section on my website.

Like most all my paper lanterns, removing the final design from your cutting mat is as much of an art as the cut itself, so be sure to go slowly.

These villain lanterns are the first ones I’ve ever used colored vellum with, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Also, I tried out the new Cricut Premium Fine-Point Blade on these lanterns, and, holy crap, that thing is amazing—my cuts were SO smooth!

(Tip: On my Cricut, I found that, with this particular vellum, the Light Cardstock setting worked better than the custom vellum setting I usually use.)

Maleficent Paper Lantern

Maleficent Paper Lantern

I’m so excited to finally bring Maleficent to life in this design! She has been a popular request since nearly the inception of my Disney paper lantern series. And this Maleficent paper lantern will definitely make an awesome addition to your Halloween decor this year.

Next week, I’ll be unveiling the final villain in this delightfully despicable series. Who do you think it will be?

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**All Disney-inspired designs on this site are unofficial, fan creations and not associated with the Disney corporation.


18 Comments on Maleficent Paper Lantern – Disney Villain Paper Lantern Series

  1. Nadia
    October 19, 2017 at 9:37 am (6 years ago)


  2. Andrea
    October 19, 2017 at 6:49 pm (6 years ago)

    This is AMAZING!! Thank you!!

    • Mandee
      October 23, 2017 at 12:35 pm (6 years ago)

      Glad you like it!!

  3. Tony Sargeant
    October 21, 2017 at 1:30 am (6 years ago)

    Beaut series, Miss M. Cheers. Keep grinnin’.

  4. Sylvia
    November 7, 2017 at 4:24 am (6 years ago)

    Hello is it possible to download the lantern.

    • Mandee
      November 7, 2017 at 8:52 am (6 years ago)

      Hi Sylvia! Yes, you can download any of the design on my blog for free. 🙂 I suggest taking a look at the FAQ section on my website for more information on downloading files off my site: it includes detailed instructions as screenshots.

      Best Regards,


  5. Amy
    September 10, 2018 at 9:47 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh my gosh, these Villian lanterns are SO COOL! I have been fascinated with Maleficent lately and can’t wait to make this! How fun for Halloween. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Mandee
      September 11, 2018 at 8:09 am (5 years ago)

      You’re welcome Amy! Glad you like them. I especially love Maleficent as well. ^_^

  6. Kristie Fairley
    September 17, 2019 at 8:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Can I purchase lanterns from you?

    • Mandee
      September 18, 2019 at 10:59 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Kristie! Unfortunately, I don’t offer finished versions of my cut file designs for purchase currently.

      • Cheri
        September 1, 2023 at 8:14 pm (3 months ago)

        Thank you Mandee. I love the dragon in this.

  7. Jake A
    July 1, 2020 at 8:34 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi! I’ve downloaded all the villain lanterns…if you can, Hades? Please? Lol

    Quick question, what type of card stock do you use? Weight?


    • Mandee
      July 2, 2020 at 10:58 am (3 years ago)

      Glad you’re enjoying my lantern designs! I typically use 50lb cardstock. 🙂

  8. Charles.reynolds
    April 21, 2021 at 8:51 pm (3 years ago)

    I want to download this but it just won’t let me.

    • Mandee
      April 23, 2021 at 10:14 am (3 years ago)

      Sorry you are having trouble! I suggest taking a a look at my FAQ page for detailed instructions and troubleshooting tips.

  9. Carmen
    October 31, 2021 at 10:08 pm (2 years ago)

    So darn AWESOME!

  10. Chris
    October 22, 2023 at 5:07 pm (1 month ago)

    First off, amazing design! And kudos for sharing them for free. I was wondering, since I’m new to this whole Cricut thing, how do you cut something that big? From what I can see, the cutting mats are 12” x 12” or 12” x 24”. The lantern looks rather big and if I scale it down to fit the 12” x 24” mat, each side will only be (roughly) 3.8” x 7.4”. Or did you not cut it as one big piece but as several which are then attached together? I couldn’t really tell from the pictures 🙂
    Thanks again for sharing such awesome designs and best regards!

    • Mandee
      October 23, 2023 at 12:10 pm (1 month ago)

      Hi Chris! I’m so glad you like my designs. All of my lanterns are designed to fit on one 8.5″x11″ sheet of paper. Maybe your cutting machine software is scaling the design up for some odd reason? But, if that’s the case, you can know that you can reduce them back down to fit on 8.5″x11″ paper and the design will still come out. 😊


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