Lanterns can make such a pretty holiday decor piece, centerpiece, or even gift! Decorating with lanterns makes your home feel cozy and holiday ready! Today, I am going to share with you how to make a Christmas lantern!
Most any craft store has a wide variety of sizes and colors of lanterns. Lanterns have become a popular decor piece, and they make an excellent blank for adding vinyl! My favorite, metallic vinyl, looks absolutely beautiful on a lantern! Plus, they are so simple to customize and decorate to match your Christmas decor theme.
For this holiday project, I decided to make a Christmas lantern. As soon as I knew that the Style Tech Craft metallic vinyl was our material this month, I knew it would be so sparkly and pretty on a lantern!
The opportunities for this are endless! You can use any holiday words, snowflakes, deer, etc as your cut file to create a beautiful lantern for your home!
Supplies to Make a Christmas Lantern:
Vinyl cutting machine
Lantern with smooth glass panels
Small Christmas decor pieces, ribbon, pine cones, or other embellishments to fill and add to your lantern
How to Make a Christmas Lantern:
First, clean the glass on your lantern really well. When adding vinyl to glass, you really need a clean surface. If the panes are easily removable, remove them to clean, and then reassemble. I like to give my glass a good swipe with a micro fiber cloth and rubbing alcohol.
Set up your cut file in your software. Using one of my favorite, easy fonts, I typed “BELIEVE”.
Next, size your cut file to fit your lantern pane. Add your metallic vinyl sheet to your cutting mat, and send it to cut.
After it has cut, weed out the excess vinyl. Add a piece of transfer tape to the top of your design, and gently peel off the white backing.
Then, position your design on your lantern. Very carefully, smooth it down so it is adhered to the glass. Starting in a corner, peel the transfer tape off of the glass, gently at an angle.
Now, it is time to add the decoration to the inside, or embellish the outside, or both!. For my lantern, I added some artificial cranberries and silver foliage, a “Come Let Us Adore Him” magnet, and a frosted tree. You could add shiny ball ornaments, small Christmas trees, fluffy snow, fairy lights….the options are endless!
My favorite Christmas projects:
Where will you place your Christmas lantern this year? If you create your own, share it on IG and tag me “@aprincessandherpirates”!