Paper Lantern for a Beach Wedding

CWest_BN_Wedding Reception_Table

My daughter got married last weekend and I crafted my fingers off, creating special gifts and décor for the wedding beach theme. Custom paper lanterns for the reception tables was one of the more complex tasks made easier with my KNK Maxx Air cutting machine.

Materials

KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Standard Material Detail Blade

Force Embossing Tool

KNK Zing/Zing Air large 14″ X 24″ Mat (Blue Grid)

Stardream Cover Weight 105# Paper

Bazzill Cardstock

Gold Vellum

Xyron Adhesive Machine

Double Sided Tape

EK tools Chisel Tip Glue Pen

LED Tea Lights

Adhesive Velcro

Wood bases; ⅝” plywood cut to 5½” squares

Adhesive Velcro

Wood bases; ⅝” plywood cut to 5½” squares

I designed the lantern frame in Make The Cut! and used several purchased SVG files for the overlay units.  (Get your free lantern frame file here! Tall Rectangle Lantern)

After creating a shadow layer of the sand dollar and starfish units. I then welded the shadow layer to the frame along with the coral branch.

Weld

The completed frame was then embossed and cut from the Stardream 105# paper. The score fold lines were embossed first using the Force Embossing Tool and after changing to the Red Blade, the cut layer was executed.

The seahorse, sand dollar and starfish were cut from the Bazzill cardstock in their original sizes. Since the vellum was just simple rectangles I just cut them with a ruler and rotary cutter so I could cut multiple layers of vellum.

I needed to make eleven lanterns. My lanterns were 10” tall and 11.8” wide on each lantern side, so I cut them out in halves. Therefore, I needed to cut 22 lantern halves and each half fit on one piece of the custom size paper I ordered. In addition, each frame needed to be embossed and cut, so machine settings had to be changed at each layer. I also needed 22 seahorses, 22 sand dollars and 22 starfish overlays to complete the project.

That is a lot of mat and paper changing. So to help me remember the settings for each step, I kept the information for each paper type and tool in the Project Notes in the Make The Cut! workspace for the project file. This proved invaluable to help keep the project moving along and it is documented for future use as well.

Repeat Cut Notes_opt

Maxx Air Settings

Lantern: Emboss/Score

  • Blade = Force Embossing Tool
  • Force =185
  • Velocity = 200
  • # Passes = 4
  • Blade Offset = 0
  • Lantern: Cut
  • Blade = Red Blade
  • Force =117
  • Velocity = 200
  • # Passes = 2
  • Blade Offset = .25

Seahorse, Starfish and Sand Dollar

  • Blade = Red Blade
  • Force =90
  • Velocity = 200
  • # Passes = 2
  • Blade Offset = .25

Lantern Assembly

  • Pre-fold all score lines on the lantern halves before attaching together.
  • Run the double sided tape on the inside of the lantern around the outside of the rectangle openings in the frame. Apply your vellum “glass”.

Vellum

  • Apply Xyron adhesive to the overlay shapes and then apply to the outside of the frame and vellum.

Assembly

  • Apply double sided tape to a tab and circle the rest of the tab with the liquid glue. Line up and press to adhere. Apply adhesive to the remaining tab and complete lantern.
  • Mount the LED tea lights to the wooden base with Velcro so you can remove them to turn the lights on and off.
  • Slide the completed lantern on the base and you are done!

Bases

The lanterns were a fair bit of work since I did eleven of them, but the tables looked wonderful with the soft glow from the lights. This lantern can be customized to any theme by welding shapes for your special occasion to the lantern frame.

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About Candace West

Candace West is a multiple national award winning quilt artist and educator, whose art has been displayed at all major quilt show venues such as the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX, and the American Quilting Society show in Paducah, KY and many others nationwide. Her award winning quilts and garments have appeared in several major magazines. A love of teaching and sharing the techniques that can make anyone’s quilts show worthy, is her mission.

7 thoughts on “Paper Lantern for a Beach Wedding

  1. I love it, I was wondering if you would mind sharing the rest of the file, would love to make one for my home.

    • I purchased the SVG files from several sources. The sand dollar was from the Pazzels Craft room site, long ago when I had a membership. The coral and starfish were from Mandy Art Market. and the seahorse I bought from an Etsy seller. So since they are not my own original SVG files I cannot share them. There are however many similar ones in the MTC User Gallery you could use to make your own, for free!

  2. Love these. I wish I’d had this tutorial and file before our son got married. I could have made lanterns for the tables at the reception. I love how you designed them. Thank you for sharing and for giving us the free file. I know I’ll use this file many times in the next few years as our Godchildren go through their rites of passage.

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