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Halloween Paper Lanterns

Author: Nicole H  Date Posted:7 October 2021 

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Are you searching for a unique way to decorate your home for Halloween? Look no further! With the help of your Brother ScanNCut, you can create beautiful paper lanterns to bring festive charm to your Halloween gathering or to greet trick or treaters at your door.

Making paper lanterns is a simple project that even the most novice crafters can complete, and with a few basic materials, you can whip up decorations that will bring a smile to everyone’s face. Read on to find out how to make your own paper lanterns with your Brother ScanNCut.

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Free design files:

These include:

  • Bat lantern (.fcm)
  • Pumpkin lantern (.fcm)
Please note .svg files are not provided with this project.

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Lantern Shapes

What you will need:

WARNING: Paper is flammable, please use LED tea lights.

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Step overview:

Customise Apron Using Brother ScanNCut


Detailed instructions:

  1. Download the ScanNCut files (.fcm) and save this onto a USB to plug it directly into your ScanNCut machine.
  2. Install the Standard ScanNCut Blade into your ScanNCut by following the steps outlined in your machine's quick reference guide.
  3. Place the card landscape onto a Low tack adhesive mat, starting in the top left hand corner making sure it sticks well. Feel free to use a roller to secure the card in place if needed.
    Tip: Using painters/masking tape can help keep the card stuck to your mat should it begin to lose its tack. However, it is important to note that the more fibrous your paper is the more likely it is to tear when you peel the tape off. Using high quality paper will minimise this risk.
  4. Load the mat into the ScanNCut by following the steps outlined in your machines quick reference guide (remember to hold the mat level while loading)
  5. Load the chosen design from your USB and do a scan of the mat to position the design on the card. The designs provided for this project are the perfect size for an A4 piece of paper. Note: We suggest doing a test cut to ensure you have your settings correct for the medium you are using. Cutting a small hole in the corner of your mat is a lot less upsetting than cutting a large design straight through your mat.
  6. Once you have the design lined up on the media, choose the ‘cut’ option and select ‘Start’ or press play to cut out your design.
  7. Once the machine has completed cutting the design, unload the mat from the ScanNCut and gently peel off the card and you will have the lantern cutout. Remove any painters/masking tape if you used this.
  8. Fold along the dotted lines, as shown below, and then glue the tabs to form a box.
  9. Assemble the bottom as shown.
  10. Your lantern is now complete, simply pop in the LED tea light and watch it glow!
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