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DIY Old Book Crafts – No 5 – Rose Lanterns

If you started an Accordion Organizer yesterday, you’ll have plenty of loose pages to play with now 😀 I turned a few of mine into pretty Vintage Rose Lanterns:  

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Book Crafts No 5 - Rose Lanterns

These cute Rose Lanterns would be great for a Garden Party, or for a shabby chick interior all year 🙂
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And they are super easy to make, the ole book pages, your printer, a craft knife and a wee bit of double sided tape is all you need 😀 And some ribbon, lace, string or whatever you fancy to hang them with, hey: I’ve got an idea: why not use….tadah: old book pages??? lol (Just cut strips and glue to each side, where I have used the wire 😉

 INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Trim your pages to the precise same width, cutting with a ruler and a blade is useful to ensure precision
  2. Measure the size of the page precisely, mine are 130mmx210mm.
  3. Create a custom setting for your printer
  4. Print one lantern per page
  5. Alternative 1: If you want a diamond shape on your lanterns, score the horisontal line to and make a sharp crease
  6. Alternative 2: If you want a rounded shape (like the pictures) skip the middle crease entirely
  7. Cut the vertical lines
  8. Use a piece of double sided tape to close the lantern
  9. For alternative 2: weigh down the lantern for a few minutes to make the paper stick to it’s shape (like with a match box)
  10. Attach your choice of handle: ribbon, lace, string, twine, wire or paper.
  11. Hang and TA-DAH: Vintage Rose Lanterns :-).

I started out hanging my lanterns on a project I have in progress, it is going to become a feather tree, but I have not found the right feather-y yarn to wrap it with yet…:-PWings of Whimsy: DIY Book Crafts No 5 - Rose LanternsWings of Whimsy: DIY Book Crafts No 5 - Rose Lanterns

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Book Crafts No 5 - Rose LanternsI then decided I wanted a more permament installment, and quickly crafted the wire wreath, and used the thinnest wire to make the 4 gathering strings thread through a hook in the ceiling, and various S-shaped hooks that can easily be adjusted or moved around. If you like the wreath, I can reveal that it is a replica of the base shape of the Fil-de-fer crown I made here (only a lot larger):

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Fil de Fer Royal CrownHere are my printables for the 8 different Vintage Rose Laterns:

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The high quality Rose Lanterns can be found in the download folder below. The files are free for your personal use and enjoyment.

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The Rose Lanterns can also be printed on regular paper, I recommend printing 2 lanterns per A4-age for a nice size.

All the roses were found on The Old Design Shop, thank you Julie for providing such a wonderful abundance of Vintage Roses 🙂 Take a look over there, it is truly a magical place 😀

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9 thoughts on “DIY Old Book Crafts – No 5 – Rose Lanterns

  1. Ooooooooooooooooh sweetie, These are sooo beautiful, and this just sat up some long lost memories, cause we kids always used to make these lanterns for christmas every year, when I was a little girl here many moons ago ha ha ha. Remember we got a small local newspaper once a week then, and it was made of some pretty heavy paper, that we saved for weeks and used to make these of in the time before christmas, and then we sometimes were lucky to get some gloss paper, that we used to decorate the newspaper with too, and if it was really out of this world, we a couple of times also got a few of these glossy scraps too, we used to decorate them with. Well another idea for all my girls, when they get here tomorrow at lunchtime ha ha ha
    Thanks sooo much for the trip down Memory Lane here, it was actually pretty fun and nice, and I admit, I had totally forgot about these old lanterns here, but now they´ll definitely get a new era here too.
    Have a wonderful day sweet lady and lots of more fun. Take good care.

    1. Thank you very much Darling 🙂 I bet you are already busy, busy, busy with all your precious girls 😀 Enjoy the fun days of crafting, and I look forward to seing what fabulous things you come up with. Please tell the girls I can’t wait to see what their young an “unpolluted” creativity comes up with 😀 xoxoxo

  2. Wooooooooooooow Gunnvor!!! These are so stunning! So beautiful! I HAVE to print them out soon and make some myself. They will do so good in my craftroom. What a great idea!!! They look so lovely the way you’ve hang them. You’re a true light fairy lol! Thank you so much for sharing those gorgeous templates!
    Hugs
    Ingeborg ;-))

    1. Thank you dear Ingeborg 🙂 I was originally thinking to hang these outside on my porch. A small roof is covering part of it, I was thinking to hang the lanterns there, and just let them be for the season – throw them away when summer is over… but I liked them so much I decided to hang them in my studio…lol! Of course the wire wreath I crafted can be used for all sorts of changing displays, so the lanterns will probably soon be moved around, hehe! xoxoxo

    1. Thank you Hunny 🙂 I made them to hang on a string of LED-light I have, but the string has 20 bulbs, so I need to make a few more before I arrange them on the string. Batteryoperated tea lights would also be great, one could make a simple “basket” for the tea light with the same metal wire. The wire I used is quite thin, like jewelry wire, only a cheap kind bought at the hardware store (the guys “unpretty” version…lol) xoxoxo

  3. Making the lanterns in a small size would be great for Christmas. If made out of all papers a child could make them for Christmas.

    1. We used to make these for Christmas when I was a child, out of glanspapir (paper coated on one side, I have not been able to find a translation into English, I wonder if glanspapir is only available in Scandinavia…?

      For children I recommend folding in the middle, and using scissors (rather than knife) to cut the vertical lines with the paper folded. xoxoxo

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