Christmas Lantern Digital Cutting File Tutorial

I’ve had Christmas decorating on my mind lately and thought I’d share a quick tutorial for making some decorative lanterns using a digital cutting file and a battery operated tea light.

Nativity LanternI used the Christmas Lantern Bundle to create this project.  It contains 3 different lantern designs.  My tutorial uses the snowflake design.

Lantern Cutting File BundleI cut the pieces on my Silhouette Cameo using the SVG version of the files.  Instructions included in the downloads explain how to use either the SVG version or the DFX version in Silhouette Studio.

cutting file tutorial

Since these files are fairly detailed, sometimes making a few adjustments will make cutting them easier. Make sure your cutting blade is sharp and your mat is sticky enough so the paper can’t slide – but not so sticky you can’t get the paper back off. Plastic coated papers and glittered papers sometimes do not cut cleanly with detailed cuts.

One thing that often helps is to set your blade a little higher than usual and use the double cut feature. It can also help to slow down your cutting speed. I cut all these samples on my Silhouette Cameo using a very lightly textured cardstock. I used the cardstock setting recommended in the program, BUT I checked the double cut box and I set my ratchet blade at 3 even though the program calls for 5.

lantern tutorial

After cutting, fold all the tabs of the box inward (mountain folds)

Cutting file tutorial

If you would like to back your cutouts with something, glue it in place now. You can do this before you fold the tabs, but play close attention to the right and wrong sides of the cardstock so you don’t accidently glue your lining to the wrong side (lets not talk about how I know this….). I glued tissue paper into mine.

cutting file tutorial

Apply adhesive to the roof tabs and adhere the edge together. Fold the bottom tabs up and adhere to give the lid more strength.

cutting file tutorial

Adhere the two walls together and then adhere the walls to the tabs on the base.

digital cutting file tutorial

Create the double thick support at the base top. Tuck the small triangles in and fold the top flap over. The top of the box will be at the same angle as the box top to help keep it in place.


And there is your finished lantern.  Just add a battery operated tea light to light it up.

Snowflake Lantern Digital Cutting fileHope you found this tutorial useful and try making some lanterns of your own.


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3 thoughts on “Christmas Lantern Digital Cutting File Tutorial

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  2. Billie Gipe

    Good Evening Where can I find/purchase the Nativity Lantern? I have been looking for one like the last 3 months and I just now found your. Your design is beautiful


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