Add even more glow to your Christmas tree with these elegant paper lantern ornaments that have an LED light inside and can be turned on and off! They come with a printable template to make this craft as easy as possible.
Lights sure make a Christmas tree come to life. There was a year when our son was a toddler when we had hardly anything but the lights on our Christmas tree because he kept taking all the other toys off. It didn’t look that bad either! He is a big boy now though, and we like putting lots of decorations on, including a few new handmade ornaments every year. This year, I wanted to add some glowing paper lanterns, customized with little designs. The trick was, how to make sure that they can be easily turned off at night?
Materials for Making Paper Lantern Ornaments
- card stock
- glue stick
- LED tea lights
Tutorial for Making Paper Lantern Ornaments
Watch the video in this post or follow the steps below!
1 – Print the designs on card stock (65+ lb).
2 – Cut at solid lines and fold at dotted lines.
3 – Glue the lanterns together with a glue stick and let them dry.
4 – Put a string through the hole on the top and tie it up.
5 – Put an LED tea light inside. The circle cutout at the bottom of the lantern will allow you to turn the lantern on and off without removing the tea light.
You can make as many of your own designs as you want by using a blank template, drawing on it and cutting the design out. It is available for free here. This part might especially appeal to children. Try hearts, flowers, and other simple shapes.
If you get our paper lantern ornament package, you will find inside:
- blank design
- bird design
- flower design
- bird-in-a-cage design (as shown in detail here)
All available in black and white!
The design for this project can also be found in our Silhouette Christmas Bundle. The book is a collection of various ideas for Christmas-themed silhouette crafts—ornaments, lanterns, cards, tags and toys. Altogether, there are fifteen silhouette crafts with over sixty pages of printable silhouette designs. Print and make—it’s that easy!