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Hanging Snake and Frog Vellum Lanterns

Create giant gothic lanterns using nothing more than our instructions, clip-art designs, and simple supplies. This project is almost as easy as saying "abracadabra."





  • Cutting mat and ruler
  • 24-by-36-inch heavy black paper
  • Bone folder and craft knife,
  • Vellum,
  • Double-sided tape, or adhesive glue tape,
  • Wire cutters
  • 19-gauge annealed wire
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Clear monofilament
  • Battery-operated votive candles,
  • Twine
  • Removable adhesive hangers, such as 3M with Command Adhesive,
  • Templates and clip art: Snake 1Snake 2Frog


  1. Step 1

    Print and cut out a lantern template. Trace template four times, side by side, on black paper (use 2 sheets if needed); with a bone folder, crease where sides meet. Cut out.

  2. Step 2

    Print 4 copies of a design onto vellum; a laser printer works best. Cut each piece just larger than frame "windows." Tape vellum into frame. Form into lamp shape; tape edges. 

  3. Step 3

    Cut a 26-inch length of wire. In the middle, twist a loop. Poke the wire ends through paper to make 2 holes at edge of lantern. Use pliers to roll ends of wire to secure. Use monofilament to hang 2 battery-operated votive candles, taped end to end, inside the lantern. 

  4. Step 4

    Use twine and removable adhesive hangers to suspend the lanterns. 

Martha Stewart Living, October 2009



Reviews (3)

  • AdhamG 3 May, 2014

    I love this project is very easy.

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  • MotleyCrafts 18 Oct, 2011

    Love this craft and it turned out great. I put pipe cleaners in an 'x' shape in the base and put my battery operated tea light there. I made my own shape for the lantern but used the snake clipart - hope it's okay to post the link here.

  • saradono 8 Oct, 2010

    This project is super easy! It takes a little time to cut out the lantern but it is worth the effort! Looks great in person! I used poster board from Staples, and it was black on one side and orange on the other. Cheap and great project!