Let the party take flight with these decorative lanterns—they're adorned with dozens of pretty paper butterflies, and made easy using the Cricut® Explore Air 2 machine.

Updated May 21, 2018
cricut colorful butterfly lantern paper

Love butterflies? Then you'll love our Paper Butterfly Bouquet too. For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of Paper Party Lanterns.

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What you need

Materials
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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Design and cut lantern: Follow the project link to Design Space®. If you want to alter the project, click "Customize," then use the tools in the Edit panel to make changes. Click "Continue," or "Make It."

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Step 2

Place the first piece of vellum onto the StandardGrip mat. Follow the prompts to load the machine: Set SmartSet Dial to "Cardstock." Load Fine-Point Blade in Clamp B. Load Mat and press the Load/Unload button.

Step 3

Press the flashing "Go" button, and cut! Unload the mat. Peel away the negative material, then if needed, use the spatula from the Basic Tool Set to lift the individual pieces.

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Step 4

Continue Step 3 by loading the cutting mat with each new sheet of vellum or cardstock, then into the machine as prompted. 

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Step 5

Assemble: Shape one piece of vellum into a cylindrical shape by overlapping the short edges, and secure with vellum tape.

Step 6

Shape the lantern piece around the vellum so that the top and bottom edges align. This will cause the cut strips to curl outward. Secure with vellum tape. 

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Step 7

Bend the wings of the butterflies for dimension. Attach the butterflies with hot glue around the lantern.

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