Rainbow Halloween Paper Lanterns

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Rainbow Halloween Paper Lanterns

Who says that Halloween has to be all orange, black, green, and purple? We decided to embrace the rainbow when crafting these colorful Halloween lanterns – we love the spooky yet cheerful Halloween feel! And making these completely custom decorations has never been easier with the help of your Sizzix Big Shot

Rainbow Halloween Paper Lanterns

With countless spooky shapes to choose from, you’re bound to find a whole bunch of Halloween designs to use. Although some steps of these lanterns are better suited for older kids or adults, kids of all ages will love helping turn the crank on the Big Shot and then arrange the colorful shapes into mini vignettes. Keep reading to see the full instructions, and watch our step-by-step video below!

what you need:

Rainbow Halloween Paper Lanterns

how-to:

Rainbow Halloween Paper Lanterns

Step 1
Print out the lantern template and cut out as shown. Trace this template onto white cardstock for as many lanterns as you’d like to make.

Rainbow Halloween Paper Lanterns

Step 2
Cut the lantern out and paint the side without any pencil markings. Let dry.

Rainbow Halloween Paper Lanterns

Step 3
Use a craft knife to cut out the four rectangles on each paper lantern.

Rainbow Halloween Paper Lanterns

Step 4
Now the fun part! Lay out your selected Thinlits on the cutting pad so that the cutting edges face up.

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Then place a piece of paper on top, followed by the second cutting pad.

Rainbow Halloween Paper Lanterns

Feed through the Big Shot by using the hand crank. You’ll see the cut shapes appear on the other side!

Rainbow Halloween Paper Lanterns

Step 5
Remove the cut shapes from the Thinlits and keep organized on a small plate or bowl. You can also use your die pick to help remove any of the smaller hard-to-get pieces.

Rainbow Halloween Paper Lanterns

Repeat this process for multiple colors! Since our lantern is in rainbow colors, we sorted the shapes that way. You can mix and match however you like!

Rainbow Halloween Paper Lanterns

Step 6
Cut a piece of clear contact paper and white tissue paper to about the size of your paper lantern.

Rainbow Halloween Paper Lanterns

Step 7
Lay the paper lantern on your work surface. Peel the backing off of the contact paper and place on the lantern, sticky side facing up. Using the windows in the lantern as your guide, place the paper shapes onto the contact paper, making little Halloween vignettes in each window.

Rainbow Halloween Paper Lanterns

Once you’ve covered each window, lay the piece of white tissue paper on top, pressing it to adhere.

Rainbow Halloween Paper Lanterns
Step 8
Trim the contact paper so that you end up with four smaller rectangles, each slightly larger than the rectangular windows.

Rainbow Halloween Paper Lanterns

Use double-stick tape to adhere each of the pieces in place behind the windows.

Rainbow Halloween Paper Lanterns

Step 9
Fold the lantern along the template lines and use another piece of double-stick tape to secure it in place on the flap.

Rainbow Halloween Paper Lanterns

Step 10
Hot glue a piece of wire (we used plastic coated wire here, but any wire should work) from corner to corner, bending the ends and applying glue there.

Rainbow Halloween Paper Lanterns

Repeat this with another piece of wire for the other two corners, but this time fit one of the lights into the lantern and twist the wire around it to hold it in place. This step may vary a little bit depending on the string lights you’re using, so feel free to adapt as needed so that your lights and lanterns stay together nicely.

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Happy Halloween!

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