Monday, November 2, 2020

Light Up Christmas Lantern Ornament

Want to make an adorable and unique ornament for your tree this year? How about this charming light up lantern with a remote control LED candle! Handmade light up lantern ornaments are a great way to add visual interest, highlights and warmth to a Christmas tree. You will love the festive glow that's added - creating a soothing and relaxing feel. 

This Christmas lantern ornament is made out of decorative glittery silver foam sheets that also includes a remote control LED candle that you can flip the switch on the bottom and use the remote control to turn it on and off at any time. And it's easy to make for those of you who don't have a cutting machine - like me.  Simply click on the PDF template to print. And the best part, it's simple to put together using a few basic supplies! 

But before we get started, welcome back to our Festive Christmas Ideas Blog Hop where we've team up with a bunch of talented blogging friends to bring you a plethora of creative ways to celebrate your holiday season. We will be sharing gift guides and party games, baking cookie recipes for you, making handmade gifts and ornament crafting, and sharing our family fun Christmas movies. There will be breakfast recipes and as always our decorated Christmas Trees which is always a fun tour of homes.
In case you missed any of the previous festive ideas, check out what's been shared so far:

Materials for Making a Light Up Lantern Ornament

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·    To begin, I'm just going to give a quick rundown on how I created the lantern ornament - and you really don't have to worry about drawing one, just click on the printable template to download. 

Fi First, I wanted the lantern to be 4 1/2" tall by 3 inches wide - with a 1/2" border to draw an inside rectangle.

Then, to form a center support X, measure and mark from each corner of the inner rectangle, 3/8 inches, and draw connecting lines. You will need four for the sides of the lantern. For the top, draw a 3" triangle - you will need four. And for the bottom, draw a 3" square. You will need two. 

Click to get a printable of template

Because the glitter foam sheets I had were rather flimsy, I cut out pieces in chipboard first to glue onto the foam to make the lantern sturdier. Usually, the glitter foam sheets found in the children's craft section are thicker, 2-3mm and rather stiff, but not this time. The bottom round shape of the led candle is drawn on one of the bottom squares. 
I used the chipboard pieces to draw and cut out the shapes onto the foam sheets 
 and then glued together.
To assemble, add quick grab glue to the edges of two sides - perpendicular and hold in place until the glue sets. I used a book to prop the sides up until the glue was dry. I chose to use a quick grab glue instead of hot glue because hot glue can sometimes leave a rough or bumpy finish to foam sheets.
Oops - I should have glued on the plastic sheets (cut 1/2" smaller) to each foam sheet side before and not after gluing the foam sides together.
For the bottom, center the candle in the middle of one of the squares and draw a circle. Cut out inside the lines.
Glue the bottom pieces together and cut out the remaining solid piece circle slightly smaller.
The candle should fit perfectly  .  .  .
in the foam sheet bottom hole.

For the top, add glue to both edges - the lantern side and bottom of a triangle until glue grabs and sets. 
Continue with each side, adding glue to all connecting edges .  .  .
for three of the triangles. 

then make a hanging loop by folding an eight inch piece of decorative twine in half, tying the ends in a knot and gluing to center where the triangle points meet. Glue on the final triangle adding glue to all three edges and the top edge of the side, to close the top together.
Glue on Christmas embellishments to the top .  .  .
and complete the look by adding a bow.
I love how this looks .  .  .

especially lit!

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  1. Thanks for these great instructions on how to make a little lantern without a cutting machine...YOU are the cutting machine, girl. I had to get rid of SO many Christmas decorations when we downsized this past year. Making some of these little lanterns for my little place would be fun and festive.

    1. Thanks so much Gayle! It's so nice hearing from you! Hope all is well with you and family! And I hope you're enjoying your new home!

  2. I was so excited to see what you would make this year and I am not disappointed. You are my crafting hero and inspiration.

    1. You are just the sweetest, Shirley! Thanks so much for the wonderful comment! It's going to be hard living up to your crafting standards! Lol!

  3. This is so happening on my tree this year! What an ADORABLE ornament idea and I love that they are on set and forget timers.

  4. Thanks, Marie! Oh, you do have to hit the remote control to turn them on, not unless you find small candles that have timers too. I also like that you can use any type of glitter foam sheets to match your decor, too!

  5. Me encanta amiga, que bien explicas todos los trabajos, magníficos tutoriales y unos trabajos impecables.

    1. Thanks so much, Lola! I enjoyed making it! I hope to make a few more for my tree! Have a great holiday and stay safe and well my friend!

  6. Your DIY Christmas lantern ornament is so sweet and pretty! Love it! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Lauren! You are quite welcome! Hopefully, I plan to make a few more for my tree this year.

  7. You made the prettiest Christmas ornament Gail. Thanks for sharing how to make it!

  8. So much yes to the sparkly! This is seriously gorgeous. Thank you so much for the incredibly easy-to-follow tutorial. Can't wait to make one!

  9. These are gorgeous! I am a big fan of anything with glitter, but I love the design, and especially that it's a functional lantern with working light!


  10. We got your adorable card! You have an adorable family. We go on a sleigh ride every year and the host of the party afterwards gives all the guests a sleigh ornament labeled with the date of the event. This is seriously gorgeous.


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