We are headed back to the coast again with a brand new papercraft! Let today’s design serve as a beacon in your ocean of creative ideas. It’s time to make a 3D lighthouse!
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In my most recent post, I mentioned that we took a trip to the Redwoods and the Oregon Coast a couple of weeks ago. And that is what inspired me to make some cute little sailboats. Well, as soon as I posted the sailboats, I started getting questions about—you guessed it—a lighthouse!
We got to see some beautiful lighthouses on this trip! They were so picturesque and definitely made for great creative inspiration.
- Dura-Lar Film
- Hot Glue
- Decorative Ribbon (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 3D lighthouse 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 them 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 Small Pieces
2. Start by assembling the base. Glue the two, grey rectangular strips together. Fold down the little tabs, and adhere them to the inside of the grey circle.
Next, assemble the lighthouse top. Glue in the Dura-Lar windows for the red lantern room. Fold the along the score lines, and glue the end tab ot the inside.
Assemble the roof by folding along the score lines and attaching the tabs to the inside. I also added a little bead to the top, just for fun.
Insert the bottom tabs of the lantern room into the slits of the white circle. Glue the raling around the perimeter of the circle using the tabs provided.
Insert the top tabs of the lantern room into the roof piece, but don’t glue them! This piece needs to be able to come off in order to add a tealight.
Putting it All Together
3. Attach your velum windows to the inside of the lighthouse structure, and the window panes to the outside.
Curve the body of the lighthouse around, and attach the long tab to the inside.
Fold down the little top tabs and attach your lantern room piece.
Lastly, attach your lighthouse to the base, and add any final embellishments to the piece!
This is a really cute and fun little paper project! And putting a tealight inside really completes the entire look.
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 fun freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy putting this 3D lighthouse together. And don’t forget to share your super cute, finished product with me on Instagram!
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