This is a beautiful but quite complicated piece to make. I bought the instructions and template from cut and craft but should warn you it is advisable if you don’t download them that you photocopy as it took me several attempts of some pieces before I got it accurate enough to make the actual part. The instructions are ok but I personally found I had to read them a couple of times, but that is probably because I didn’t read them through before starting and tried guessing at the next steps.
The only thing you require for this project is strong Double sided tape, scissors, a craft knife and lots of patients. I will display pics of the lantern as it progressed.
There are poinsettias included in the templates but I’d have enough of cutting by then and chose to die cut mine and then coloured them with pro-markers and added glitter. I stamped the holly and cut it painstakingly out. For me the final touches of detail are always the best as those are the bits I enjoy the most, I’ve also strategically placed them so that they cover my poor cutting or gluing.
The shapes are fairly easy when you think about it reflectively, the stand it's hung in is merely a few triangular prisms and octagonal? My maths including shapes is awful sorry! sections with a few flaps to glue together to make the shapes, this is the easiest bit. However the lantern roof is slightly more complicated but again as soon as you see the shape you will know how it fixes together. What's difficult is working out how to hold things together whilst glue dries and which way around the shapes go. I realise that the price means it is a considered purchase but one that is well worth it. This isn't my first template and I do admit to loving all the ones I have used.
Sorry there are a lot of pics, but I wanted to show as many stages of this project as possible.