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Tissue Box Challenge - Spooky Lantern

I was inspired for this week's challenge by a large tissue box that I was just about to throw away. With Halloween just around the corner, an idea for a lantern came to mind...
Time: 3 Hours Cost: $10 Difficulty: Medium
My tissue box in its original state (before the haunting).
I trimmed out the opening so that there was a 1/2" border all around.
I planned out and made pattern pieces for everything I was going to have to cut for this project. I wanted to cover the inside and outside with card stock for appearances and also stability.
I also cut out pieces of tissue paper that would be used to make the lantern front panel. This included a red moon and a larger red halo, white strips for fog, and two white rectangles that fit the silhouette panels.
One of the panels has a black sparkle side - this will be the front. I applied the white tissue to each of the panels after I laid them out in opposite directions. The front panel is on the left and the back of the front panel is on the right. It is the right panel that will be decorated with the various pieces.
Beginning with the pieces that will be furthest back, begin layering your scene. I used glue, but only in areas where it would not show through.
This is the completed scene in layers.
Once the layers were done, I adhered the front panel directly over the back panel, being careful to match up the edges perfectly.
I then covered the inside and outside of the box with the card stock I had chosen. I also had cut two squares of black foam core for the base and top and applied them.
I snipped the top and bottom of one front edge to form a makeshift hinge for the front panel.
I applied the panel to the "hinge". This way, I can get in and out to turn the light on and off. To keep the panel shut, I just use a glue dot at the top and bottom of the other side of the panel.

This is the lantern unlit. I placed it on a plastic charger and added a few decorations with hot glue.
Here it is with the light turned on. It's just an led pop light sitting on the inside bottom of the lantern.
More detail of the lit up panel.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Card stock   (Michael's)
  • Tissue box   (my closet)
  • Tissue paper   (my closet)
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Ask the creator about this project

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer Elizabeth City, NC
    on Sep 24, 2017

    Wow that looks great!

  • Wendy
    on Sep 24, 2017

    Oh my! Super creative!!

  • Pat Ruge
    Pat Ruge Murrieta, CA
    on Sep 24, 2017

    Fabulous job! The overall composition is over the top. Kudos on creativity.

  • Luz DIYs
    Luz DIYs Miami, FL
    on Sep 28, 2017

    This is gorgeous!!!! LOVE.

  • Mary
    Mary Maple Park, IL
    on Sep 28, 2017

    Awesome job! That is very cool!

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