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Day of the Dead Lanterns

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These Day of the Dead lanterns would make a sensational Halloween display! The designs are in bold, bright colours with patterns that lend themselves perfectly to the craft of papercutting. Download the template for it by clicking on the DOWNLOAD NOW button below. 

Taken from A Year in Crafts by Clare Youngs (£14.99, CICO Books). Click here to purchase

Day of the Dead Lanterns

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Craft essentials
Template from
Interchangeable hole punch
Glass jar
Tracing paper
Masking tape

1 Trace the skull motif and transfer onto coloured paper. Center the design between the two short sides and approximately 6 cm up from the bottom. Hold in place using masking tape.

2 Cut out the design with a craft knife, keeping the template on hand to make sure you trim the right sections. Then, use a hole punch to create the circles around the top of the skull.

3 Once the design is complete, curve the paper around to make a cylinder shape. Add glue down one side, overlap the opposite edge and adhere.

4 Place the tea light inside a glass jar and position the paper cylinder over the jar.

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