Brighten up your home with a Christmas lantern. Learn how to turn an ordinary lantern into a festive decoration.
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Metal Sheet/Scrapbooking Paper
Battery Operated Lights
Tin Punch Pattern
Let’s Get Started!
STEP 1: GATHER SUPPLIES
The first step is to gather the supplies. Are you going to use metal sheets, scrapbooking paper or a combination? For this lantern, I used a copper metal sheet for the front and scrapbook paper for the sides and back.
Other supplies you will need are a nail, hammer, scissor, cardboard, ribbon, tin punch pattern, floral sprig and battery-operated lights.
If you need a pattern for punching the holes, you can make your own pattern or here are some examples of free tin punch patterns I found online by searching using the phase, “Free patterns for tin punching”.
STEP 2: CUTTING TIN OR SCRAPBOOK PAPER
Remove the glass from the lantern and use the glass as a guide for cutting the metal or scrapbook paper.
As you can see, I already punched the metal sheet. To do it, I cutout the pattern and scotch taped it to the metal. To punch the scrapbook paper, I did not need a pattern. I used the design on the paper as a guide for punching the holes. But if you prefer to use a pattern on the scrapbook paper, cut the pattern the same size as the paper and tack with scotch tape on back to hold in place.
STEP 3: PUNCHING TIN OR SCRAPBOOK PAPER
Place the metal sheet or scrapbook paper on a piece or two of corrugated cardboard. You want to protect your work surface. With a hammer and nail, begin punching holes. Continue punching until all the pieces are completed.
STEP 4: INSERT PANELS
Insert the completed hole-punched panels into the lantern and secure in place.
STEP 5: ADD BOW
Make a bow with floral sprig and attach to the top of the lantern.
STEP 6: ADD LIGHTS
Insert the battery-operated lights inside and enjoy.
NOTE: Do not use an ordinary candle or anything with a flame. Use only battery operated lights or candles.
This lantern will look great on a fireplace mantle, table, window sill or shelf.
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