The holy month of Ramadan has just begun! Today, I am excited to share a lovely new design, inspired by this celebration. Use my latest templates to create your own Moroccan paper lanterns.
Last week, I had a follower reach out, asking if I would create something celebrating Ramadan. She suggested Moroccan lanterns, and I absolutely loved the idea!
I wanted to design lanterns that could either hang or be freestanding. So many different ideas popped into my head; but, being short on time, I had to narrow it down to two designs. If you like them, though, I would love to do more of these in the future!
- Hot Glue
- Ribbon & Gems (optional)
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the Moroccan paper lantern pieces.
Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
Assembling the Square Lantern
2. Start by gluing your vellum liners to the inside of the lantern sides.
Once the liners are in place, fold along the score marks provided, and glue the side tabs to the inside edges. Fold in the little tabs at the top, and glue them each (a couple at a time) inside the edge of the top piece adjacent.
Then, fold up the tabs on the bottom piece, and glue it to the inside of the lantern, just above the feet.
Assembling the Tall Lantern
3. Start by gluing your vellum liners to the inside of the lantern sides.
Note: I altered this design from a hexagon to a pentagon after the first picture was taken, so there will only be five sides to line.
Once the liners are in place, fold along the score marks provided, and glue the side tabs to the inside edges. fold in the little tabs at the top, and glue them each (a couple at a time) inside the edge of the top piece adjacent.
Then, assemble the base by folding along the score lines and glueing the tabs to the inside of each edge.
Insert the bottom tabs of the lantern into the slits provided, and glue them down.
4. Make your lanterns extra fancy by adding a handle (a piece of rope/ribbon) and some gems for bling!
Like I said before, these were so fun to design! All the little patterns and details really came together, and I’m quite pleased with the results.
The closest I’ve been to Morocco is the pavilion at Epcot (my favorite pavilion, by the way), but it’s on my bucket list of places I want to visit! Seeing the beautiful architecture, the vibrant landscape, and the unique art is something I think would be really incredible.
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other 3D freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy making your very own, Moroccan paper lanterns! I hope you have as much fun putting them together as I did. Be sure to share your stunning results with me on Instagram!
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