Decorative Film Craft Sticks Lantern

6 Materials
1 Hour

I have an abundance of craft sticks in my stash! I love making projects using craft or popsicle sticks. Did you know you can find just about anything made out of craft sticks? Just look on Pinterest and see all kinds of projects from the very simple to the extremely intricate.

I was interested in using crafts sticks to make some sort of lantern. And was curious to see how it would look if I printed an image in purple onto clear film and attached that to craft stick frames glued together to form a lantern sleeve where I could place different types of lighting for different occasions.

This type of lantern really didn't take many supplies to create and quite easy to make!

decorative film craft sticks lantern
First, print an image from  here in the style and colors you would like. Download and save the image and then print it out using a laser printer on clear polyester film sheets.

decorative film craft sticks lantern
Next, place two craft sticks down vertical on your work surface and glue two more sticks horizontal to form a square shape frame - then, make three more for a total of four frames.

Next, measure inside the frame and cut out the printed film sheets slightly larger than the opening and then glue film on inside edges of stick squares.  
decorative film craft sticks lantern
Connect square sides by running a bead of RapidFuse muti-purpose adhesive along the side edge.  Hold in place until sealed together - about 30 seconds.
Make sure the stick placements match on each side when gluing the frames together.
decorative film craft sticks lantern
decorative film craft sticks lantern
Continue gluing sides together until all four sides are connected.
decorative film craft sticks lantern
Apply additional glue along the inside corners where the sides connect.
 Let dry.
decorative film craft sticks lantern
And finally, try out different types of lighting like LED, battery with remote, or flameless candles to highlight the designs.
decorative film craft sticks lantern
This looks so cool!
decorative film craft sticks lantern
Perfect for just about any occasion or celebration!

Suggested materials:

  • Clear film sheets  (Amazon)
  • Floral image
  • Jumbo craft sticks
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Gail@Purple Hues and Me

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