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Easy Lantern Template To Make With Kids

Its lovely to have a few crafts up your sleeves. As a mum who did ALL the crafts when our boys were little, I know it’s all about quick gratification. Something quick, ready to make that inspires creative little minds without promoting boredom! This Easy Lantern Template png/svg is perfect for crafting with kids. To keep them active and leave them with something they can admire afterwards.

Our boys used to always be so proud of their crafts, and for that little moment in time when they were occupied, it was glorious! Additionally what’s better than a seasonal crafts. Thus I have cut little egg patterns into the top rim of the lanterns ( It probably would have shown better on plain card stock, but I so wanted a pretty patten.) and a pretty grass edge.

Free Easter Lantern Cricut  Cut File for crafting with kids

How To Make A Lantern With My Free Template

You Will Need 

  • Cricut Maker ( Or scissors)
  • Cricut Design Space
  • Blue Cutting Mat
  • Patterned Card Stock or Glitter Card. (The paper in the post is from B&M Bargains)
  • Brayer and weeding tools
  • Glue Or Double Sided Tape
easter themed crafts for kids

How To Download The Lantern Template PNG/SVG Files

Simply click on the image below to get my free Easter Lantern Cut File download and I will pop it across to you in PNG and SVG form. Additionally if you’re a subscriber, the download is ready for you in the free members area. The link to the page is in your members email. 

However, make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off and if the email doesn’t land check your spam folder. Here’s how you upload the files to Cricut Design Space.

If the files don’t arrive please check my trouble shooting page.

Click here to download the Lantern files

How To Add My Lantern Template To Cricut Design Space.

Firstly click upload at the bottom of the left hand bar and find your lantern and handle files, you will have to upload them one at a time. You now have the option to remove the background, however I have done this for you.

The first option you will see is the image below, choose moderately complex. You will then be taken to the select top page, this is where you can remove any background. I am using an image with an image from my dinosaur egg holder, but the principle is the same.

How to upload png files to Cricut

Now choose to save your Easter Lantern as a print and cut or cut file, before uploading to design space. This can be changed in Cricut Design Space. Don’t worry if the image looks grainy, as soon as it’s in design space it will be fine.

How to upload free png files to Cricut

Sizing Your Cut Files

It depends on how big you want your lanterns to be? I made mine 10inches wide which made nice big lanterns, however they could have been much smaller. I sized the handle so that it fit the length of the base of my lantern. You can see on the image that this ensures the handle is in proportion.

If you don’t want the egg patterns simply click contour on the bottom right corner and remove the contours.

How to size your easter cut file for crafting with kids

Cutting Your Lantern Templates

When you send your Lantern Cut File to your Cricut to cut, ensure you use your brayer to roll the paper, vinyl or card to adhere to the mat. Movement will affect the cut. If your cutting mat looses its stickiness this will affect the quality of cut. Also make sure your mat is in good condition, it is vital for cutting intricate cuts.

Additionally, make sure you set the material and cut pressure correctly to match whatever Cricut materials you’re cutting to get a clean cut. For this patterned paper I use the heavy card stock setting set the pressure to more.

Also If you have any problems cutting check the mat, pressure and material settings as generally this is where the problem will lie.

Free cut file for Cricut Easter Lanterns

Assembling Your Lantern Template

I glued my lantern with hot glue, however if you are easter crating with kids it may be an idea to use strong double sided sticky tape, however the principle is the same.

Start by glueing along the long edge of the lantern with a hot glue gun, you have to be quick as the glue dried quickly.

Glue the long edge with a hot glue gun

Once glued quickly fold around and meet up with the other edge, I start at the bottom with a small amount, stick it together to position then add the rest of the glue. Hold together the edges but so you don’t burn yourself with the hot glue.

Hold the edges together to allow the glue to set, be careful not to touch the hot glue

Now you can add the handles, glue the edges one at a time and pop onto the inside of the Easter Lantern,

Attach the handles with glue and allow to set

Lastly, Create The Lantern Shape

Gently press down the lantern to create a gentle fold half way down the sliced areas. This will create your lantern shape.

Push the lantern down to create a slight bend

You Can Also Convert These Easter Lanterns To Easter Baskets

If you create a base and cut an inside tube, you can also convert your lantern to easter baskets, The inside tube will prevent your eggs from falling out.

Also I know this is obvious but must mention just in case that these lanterns are for decoration and fun only and not for candles. However are perfect for making baskets and filling with eggs.

Free svg Cricut Easter Lantern Cut File Download
DIY Easter Decorations

Lantern Tutorial

Yield: 1 Easter Lantern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: 30p

Free Lantern Png, SVG Cut File To Make as an Easter Craft With Kids, with step by step instructions to upload to Cricut and assemble.

Materials

  • Patterned Card Stock or Glitter Card. (The paper in the post is from B&M Bargains)

Tools

  • Cricut Maker
  • Cricut Design Space
  • Blue Cutting Mat
  • Brayer and weeding tools
  • Glue Or Double Sided Tape

Instructions

    1. How To Add The Easter Lantern Cut File PNG To Cricut Design Space.
      Firstly click upload at the bottom of the left hand bar and find your lantern and handle files, you will have to upload them one at a time. You now have the option to remove the background, however I have done this for you.

      The first option you will see is the image below, choose moderately complex. You will then be taken to the select top page, this is where you can remove any background. I am using an image with an image from my dinosaur egg holder, but the principle is the same.How to upload png files to Cricut Now choose to save your Easter Lantern as a print and cut or cut file, before uploading to design space. This can be changed in Cricut Design Space. Don’t worry if the image looks grainy, as soon as it’s in design space it will be fine. How to upload free png files to Cricut
    2. Sizing Your Cut Files
      It depends on how big you want your lanterns to be? I made mine 10inches wide which made nice big lanterns, however they could have been much smaller. I sized the handle so that it fit the length of the base of my lantern. You can see on the image that this ensures the handle is in proportion. How to size your easter cut file for crafting with kids
    3. Cutting Your Easter Lanterns
      When you send your Lantern Cut File to your Cricut to cut, ensure you use your brayer to roll the paper, vinyl or card to adhere to the mat. Movement will affect the cut. If your cutting mat looses its stickiness this will affect the quality of cut. Also make sure your mat is in good condition, it is vital for cutting intricate cuts.

      Additionally, make sure you set the material and cut pressure correctly to match whatever Cricut materials you’re cutting to get a clean cut. For this patterned paper I use the heavy card stock setting set the pressure to more.

      Also If you have any problems cutting check the mat, pressure and material settings as generally this is where the problem will lie.
    4. Assembling Your Easter Lantern
      I glued my lantern with hot glue, however if you are easter crating with kids it may be an idea to use strong double sided sticky tape, however the principle is the same.

      Start by glueing along the long edge of the lantern with a hot glue gun, you have to be quick as the glue dried quickly. Glue the long edge with a hot glue gun Once glued quickly fold around and meet up with the other edge, I start at the bottom with a small amount, stick it together to position then add the rest of the glue. Hold together the edges but so you don’t burn yourself with the hot glue. Hold the edges together to allow the glue to set, be careful not to touch the hot glue Now you can add the handles, glue the edges one at a time and pop onto the inside of the Easter Lantern,
    5. Attach the handles with glue and allow to set Lastly, Create The Lantern Shape
      Gently press down the lantern to create a gentle fold half way down the sliced areas. This will create your lantern shape.

Notes

You Can Also Convert These Easter Lanterns To Easter Baskets


If you create a base and cut an inside tube, you can also convert your lantern to easter baskets, The inside tube will prevent your eggs from falling out.

Also I know this is obvious but must mention just in case that these lanterns are for decoration and fun only and not for candles. However are perfect for making baskets and filling with eggs.

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