This year, we decided to celebrate Star Wars day (May the Forth!) by lighting up a few Star Wars lanterns in our window. All you need is paper, glue and parchment paper to make this simple Star Wars craft for the party, too!
Knowing my husband, who spent quite some time in his early teens, sketching storm-troopers and reenacting lightsaber duels with Lego guys, I suspected that the day would come when our son joins the legion of Star Wars fans. I didn’t quite think that it could happen at the early age of three, but it did. So we have embraced the sketchbooks filled with TIE-fighters and the cardboard spaceships, and indulge ourselves with Star Wars crafts, once in a while.
And what would be a better time to do it than on May the Forth?
- card stock paper: we used black and white – to symbolize the conflict of dark and light sides and to see which ones we like better
- parchment or vellum paper: get printable parchement if you want to print our designs or get any kind if you plan to make a drawing yourself
- white glue and tape
- LED tealight candles
How to Make Star Wars Lanterns
- Print and cut the patterns for the lanterns.
- In the template, you will find the characters we drew (Darth Vader, R2D2, C3PO and a stormtrooper). You can print them on vellum or parchment paper (even regular printer paper works passably), then align them in the window cutouts and fix them there with tape.
- If you don’t have printable vellum or parchment paper handy or simply want to add more creativity to the process, use any vellum or parchment paper and glue it to the back of window cutouts. Draw in your own design with a sharpie marker.
- Bend the paper as indicated by the grey lines on the template and then glue the lanterns together. Use minimal glue to avoid warping the paper.
- You can also add a square bottom and a little ribbon on top to make the lanterns portable. Our Budster took great pleasure in taking this Darth Vader lantern on a tour around the house and the yard. He was looking for a perfect place for “him” to sit on.
Now that the lanterns are ready, just put LED candles in and enjoy!