Paper cut-out lanterns

Inside or outside, you can’t go past soft, filtered candlelight to create atmosphere – especially at Christmas time! A simple paper bag can be made beautiful with a little creative thinking and a flame-free LED candle.

You’ll need:

  • Paper bags (these were found in the party aisle of a bargain store)
  • LED candles (try a discount variety store)
  • A single holepunch or similar single punch tool (the one I’ve used is by Martha Stewart, available from Spotlight)
  • A cutting mat or chopping board

Step one

Using a flat paper bag, punch holes straight through both sides of the bag – go freehand or trace a printed pattern or picture. Try a Christmas theme such as snowflakes, stars, Christmas trees or random patterns for a graphic look. A mix of different styles looks nice.

Step two

Carefully open the bag, turn the LED candle on and place it inside the bag. LED candles flicker gently and have a golden glow to mimic real candlelight. They’re also safe as there’s no chance of them catching fire – unlike real candles so close to paper!

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