How to make nine ladies dancing lanterns

Here’s how to make a glowing centre piece for the Christmas table – these homemade lanterns are simple to make yet remarkably effective.

How to make nine ladies dancing lanterns

You’ll need…

  • 3 sheets of good quality paper
  • Tracing paper
  • A scalpel
  • Glue
  • Sticky tape
  • 3 jam jars


  • Print the ladies dancing design onto A4 paper (landscape).
  • Using a scalpel, or scissors, cut away all the grey areas to reveal the ladies dancing and the scalloped edge.
  • Print the lantern design onto A4 heavy weight (100gsm) tracing paper (landscape).
  • Fold each of the long sides of the tracing paper along the dotted line and make a firm crease.
  • Using scissors, snip along the black lines and trim off the grey areas at the sides.
  • Unfold the ends then use a hole punch to punch out the black circles.
  • Turn the tracing paper over so the creases are uppermost.
  • Using glue, or even better, spray mount, stick the ladies onto the centre of the tracing paper.
  • Roll into a cylinder with the ladies on the outside and stick the ends together with double sided sticky tape.
  • Place a tea light into 3 narrow jam jars then place each of your lanterns over the jam jar.

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