Back when the maker studio was open, I started a few different projects that I ended up putting aside when the pandemic shut everything down. I ended up filing a bunch of them away, but during spring cleaning came across one of them – this cute paper shade for an electric candle.
Of course, this is only for an electric (battery-powered) candle, because it’s just made of paper, but that’s not a problem for me, since in my room I am using a mix of electric and fire candles right now.
I started out by looking at different paper lantern designs online, but they were all super cute, and I wanted something a bit more gothic, so I popped into Adobe Illustrator to design this one with octopus tentacles!
On the Silhouette Cameo paper cutter I cut out all of the elements, using scrapbooking (12×12″) cardstock paper in dark green, and used the scoring setting to mark in all of the fold lines. Removing all of the little pieces was incredibly tedious…. which is why I didn’t finish this off right away. Once I DID remove all of the excess pieces of paper I was ready to line the lantern with some vellum. I ended up using a photo-safe glue stick to add adhesive to the green cardstock, though if I had spray adhesive this would be far preferable to get all of those little pieces more accurately (and faster… I had to be SUPER delicate with the glue stick!)
I used a green pearl velum to line each of the four sides with. This lets light through, but obscures the actual fake ‘flame’. I love this paper so much – I originally used it for the paper ferns and spider plants I made for my friend’s doll dioramas a while ago.
Then, it was just a matter of assembling the paper shade / lantern, and popping in a few battery-operated candles!