Nordic Inspired Paper Star Lantern

Paper star lanterns can be spotted shining bright in Scandinavian home windows come December as a way to welcome family and friends on dark winter nights. Originally a Nordic tradition, star lanterns are finding their way into homes across the globe, and for good reason–they’re beautiful and budget friendly!

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Materials:

  • 1 Sheet of poster board
  • 1 Ikea cord light set
  • Low temperature light bulb
  • Scissors
  • 1/8″ hole punch
  • X-acto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Pen or pencil
  • Clear tape
  • Star Lantern Template: Download HERE.

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1. Print the template. Cut out the star and octagon using a combination of scissors, X-acto knife, and hole punch.

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2. Trace two stars and one octagon on the backside of the poster board.

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3. Cut out the stars and octagon, including the slits on the center of the octagon (the slits will hold the light bulb/cord kit).

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4. Place the octagon face down on your work surface so the short ends point to the top and bottom of your work surface. Fold the top and bottom edges back 1/4″.

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5. Tape the octagon’s flap to the backside of the top point of the star, positioned above the 4-pointed star and below the 3 circles.

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6. Tape the gold side of the octagon to the star as well. Repeat Steps 5 & 6 with the other star, so the octagon is suspended between the two stars.

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7. Feed the light bulb/cord set through the opening created by the slits at the center of the octagon. Plug in the light and hang at the window.

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