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Lantern with Petal Swirls

This intricately cut paper lantern with filigree swirl petals and flowers is another version of a bomboniere favor box someone posted on a Silhouette Facebook group I belong to.

Small, it's a candy holder; large it's a pretty table decoration or centerpiece for a wedding or party.

tea light lantern or candy box

See this previous post for a Christian version with a cross in the center panel of the lantern.

cross lantern or candy box

The bottom folds closed and stays closed without adhesive. The top is closed with a ribbon threaded through slots.

Mine is much larger (just under 4" on a side) than the sample I saw for sale, which was laser cut. I cut mine with my Silhouette Cameo at a size that was easy to weed!

I lined mine with vellum (template not included in the file set, you'll have to wing it) and lit it with a battery operated tea light.

How to make the petal lantern

Download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space). Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.99.
Cut on black lines, score on red lines.

If you are using Cricut Design Space:
-- Resize to 8" wide.
--On each page, once you have ungrouped the pieces, set the top two pieces in your layers menu to score.  (Change the color of the large (black) outer edge cut to white so you can see everything.  That piece is down near the bottom of the layers menu.)

Assembly is pretty much self-evident.  This is the order of assembly I used.

If you're planning to use vellum backing squares, adhere them now.

Crease all score lines.

Adhere the lantern pieces together, using the long vertical tabs.

Close the bottom as shown on the daisy tea light lantern post.

Thread a piece of ribbon through the slots at the top and tie a bow.

Hint: When you turn your tea light on and off it is easier to open the bottom than to untie the top!