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Paper Lantern with Rainbow Flowers

Paper Lantern with Rainbow Flowers

Decorating for summer is fun, but it’s even more fun when it involves paper crafting! Today we are making a cute summer lantern with rainbow flowers. Let's get started! 


  • Cardstock Warehouse Cardstock Papers
    • 12” x 12” Jellybean Green Pop-Tone 100lb
    • 8.5” x 11” Vermiglione Sirio 80lb
    • 8.5” x 11” Arancio Sirio 80lb
    • 8.5” x 11” Limone Sirio 80lb
    • 8.5” x 11” Lockwood Green Colorplan 100lb
    • 8.5” x 11” Blu Raspberry Pop-Tone 100lb
    • 8.5” x 11” Turchese Sirio 80lb
    • 8.5” x 11” Grape Jelly Pop-Tone 100lb
    • 8.5” x 11” Candy Pink Colorplan 100lb
    • 8.5” x 11” Translucent Vellum 30lb
  • Embellishments for Flower Centers (48)
  • Electronic Cutting Machine 
  • Scoring Tools
  • Liquid Adhesive
  • Scor-Tape (I used ⅛” and ¼”)

To get started, I purchased the lantern design file from Lori Whitlock’s online store. I used the no-line version of the SVG file in my design space software. I changed cut lines to score lines, to eliminate the dashes on fold lines. I used the contour feature in design space to eliminate the swirl in the center of one of the flowers.  Next, I deleted all other flowers and used the copy and paste function to create a total of 48 flowers without centers (6 of each color: Vermiglione, Arancio, Limone Sirio 80lb, Lockwood Green, Blu Raspberry, Turchese Sirio, Grape Jelly, and Candy Pink). I changed the colors on the file to get an idea how my lantern would look.

Cricut Design Space screenshots of summer paper lantern

I cut the lantern and flowers using my Cricut and scoring tool. Next, I cut the four pieces of vellum for the back of the lantern.

die-cut pieces for summer paper lantern

I started assembling the flowers in a rainbow pattern on each side of the outside of the lantern. I used liquid adhesive for this process. Once complete, I ensured each of the score lines was sufficient and reinforced them with my bone folder. I would recommend doing this BEFORE you glue any of the flowers!  


adding flowers to paper summer lantern

Next I added my rhinestone embellishments using liquid adhesive.


adding rhinestone gems to centers of paper flowers on summer lantern

On the inside panels of the lantern, I adhered each of the vellum panels with ⅛” scor-tape. I used ¼” scor-tape on the side of the lantern. I closed the bottom of the box using a combination of scor-tape and liquid adhesive.


gluing vellum pieces to lantern

Here is the finished lantern!


paper lantern with rainbow flowers

Tips and Tricks:

  • Scor-tape is best to secure the lantern, both bottom and side panels. If you prefer liquid adhesive, you may need to use paperclips or hold adhesive until it's dry. 
  • Embellish your flowers with something sparkly. Here I used some black rhinestone embellishments with a blue iridescent tint. 

Show us your summer projects! We'd love to see your creations! Show us your creations on Facebook or Instagram, and tag them with #cardstockwarehouse.

Happy Crafting! Traci Selig

IG: @tracicrafty

Blog: Traci Crafty

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