DIY Autumn Leaf Paper Lantern
Project Creator: Brother Australia
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: EASY
The month of March officially means that the heatwave is over and the colourful season of Autumn has arrived. To lighten up your home, try this vibrant DIY Autumn leaf paper lantern. They are the perfect decorations to sit alongside pathways for exterior decoration, or as table decorations. You can also hang them from cords to bring Autumn cheer to the backyard or a party!
- Paint brush
- Brother ScanNCut Machine
- Lightweight translucent paper (rice, mulberry flower etc,)
- Red, orange or yellow paper for leaves
- Accent paper (dark colour and/or texture) for trimming
- leaf stencils, or pressed natural leaves to trace
- Double stick tape
- Optional wire (for optional hanging)
- Optional cord (optional – hanging)
- Cylindrical oatmeal, paint or ice-cream container
Use the Brother ScanNCut machine to scan at least 2 to 3 different kinds of leave silhouettes. You can draw your own leaf shapes or trace leaves you’ve found, and scan them with the ScanNCut. You can also use the leaves in this file here: svg-files. Save the ‘leaves.svg’ file on your computer desktop then open ScanNCut Canvas to create the fcm files. Ensure that the leaves are cut on different colours.
Cut your paper! Ensure the natural paper can wrap around the cylinder box, then cut the paper to size. Trim strips of the dark accent paper to give the lantern clean borders.
Lay your paper flat and paint thin layers of glue on the back of the leaves and the brown strips. Place the brown strips where you want them on your natural paper. Allow the decorations dry enough to stay on the natural paper, however proceed to the next step before the glue is completely dry.
Assemble the final product. Place the double stick tape right along the outside long edge of the paper. Then shape the paper into a cylinder and seal the cylinder.
Place over a light on a table or a footpath. We don’t recommend using real flames of course. Alternatively, add a wire handle to the cylinder and hang on a hook, cord or string.
Voila – Autumn has arrived!!