Glassine-Gem Paper Lanterns How-To

Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2011

Diamond Glassine Lantern

This pattern can be adapted to different sizes of paper, which will result in different dimensions of gems. Make this basic shape first until you are comfortable with the process.

Tools and Supplies

  • Glassine paper (New York Central Art Supply glassine paper, 55 cents/sheet; 212-473-7705)
  • Extra-large ruler (a cork underside is useful since glassine is slippery)
  • Scissors
  • Linex curved bone folder (cutting-mats.net) (Note: This bone folder's point is less sharp than others', which keeps it from damaging the glassine)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Clear adhesive tape
  • Clear monofilament (sold at crafts stores; similar to fishing line)
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Medium-thickness knitting needle

Folding Tip: With an extra-large sheet, it's useful to score the fold line, using a ruler to guide you, before folding. Also use the flat edge of the bone folder to crease the folder after you've made it.

Cut glassine sheet into a square (we started with 24 by 24 inches).

Fold the top of the paper down to meet the bottom, and unfold. Fold it the paper in half, side to side; unfold. (The creases of all the folds should point down.)











Flip the paper over so the creases point up. Fold the paper in half diagonally; do not unfold.

















Spin paper so the long folded edge is at the top. Fold each side point down to meet the bottom point.

Unfold the 2 side corners. Lift the top layer of the bottom point, and tuck both side points in, bringing them down to meet the bottom point (on the bottom layer). Lay the top layer flat again.









Fold the top layer of the left point in so the edge meets the center.

















Repeat on the right.

Flip the paper over, and fold the sides in again to match.

It should look like this:












Fold the left corner in to the center so that the bottom edge lines up with the center line; place double-stick tape under the flap to anchor it.

Repeat on the right.

Then flip the paper over, and repeat on the other side.

To store the lantern until you are ready to hang it, slip it between two pieces or cardboard.







When you are ready to assemble and hang the lantern, find the point with the opening (this will become the top of the lantern). Slip the knitting needle through the hole, and gently push the center of each panel to the outside, to make the gem shape.

To attach the monofilament for hanging, thread it through the needle and sew through the folds of the paper at the top. Tie. Leave enough monofilament to reach all the way to the ceiling.

Faceted Glassine Lantern

Tools and Supplies

  • Glassine paper (New York Central Art Supply glassine paper, 55 cents/36-by-24-inch sheet; 212-473-7705)
  • Extra-large ruler (a cork underside is useful since glassine is slippery)
  • Scissors
  • Linex curved bone folder (cutting-mats.net) (Note: This bone folder's point is less sharp than others', which keeps it from damaging the glassine)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Clear adhesive tape
  • Clear monofilament (sold at craft stores; similar to fishing line)
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors

Folding Tip: With an extra-large sheet, it's useful to score the fold line, using a ruler to guide you, before folding. Also use the flat edge of the bone folder to crease the folder after you've made it.

Cut glassine paper to 28 by 22 inches.

Fold paper into twelfths the long way, taking care that all the folds point the same direction, following these steps:

1. Fold it first in half, end to end.
2. Then unfold it, and fold the ends in to meet the center (this will keep all the folds pointing the same way).
3. Unfold again, then fold each of the sections in thirds (measure and score with the bone folder and ruler, or match up the creases in the previous folds).




Lay the paper flat so all folds point up, with the long side horizontal.

Lightly mark the center of the paper along each side.

Lightly mark the top and bottom edges at the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, and 10th vertical folds.

Using your bone folder and the ruler, score diagonal lines in this order:

1. From the middle mark on the left side to the bottom 2nd vertical fold line. (Fold along the score line, and crease.)
2. From the upper left corner to the bottom of the 4th vertical fold line. (Fold, and crease.)
3. From the top of the 2nd vertical fold line to the bottom of the 6th. (Fold, and crease.) Repeat these diagonal scoring lines across the paper.

Then make the same diagonal creases in the opposite direction, starting from the right side of the paper; fold along those creases as well.

You will have a diamond-shaped pattern of creases, like this:





















Flip the paper over (the diagonal creases should now point up). Pleat or gather the bottom edge of the paper at the half-diamond shapes, following the fold lines. Tape the sides of each half-diamond together with a small piece of double-sided tape.

Repeat with the top edge.

To store the lantern until you are ready to hang it, gently fold the lantern at each crease; it will collapse flat. Store it between two pieces of cardboard.

When you are ready to hang the lantern, open it up, and bring the two open edges together. Tape them from the inside using regular clear adhesive.

To attach the monofilament for hanging, thread it through the needle and sew through the folds of the paper at the top. Tie. Leave enough monofilament to reach all the way to the ceiling.

Flat-Top Gem Lantern

Tools and Supplies

  • Glassine paper (New York Central Art Supply glassine paper (55 cents/sheet, 212-473-7705)
  • Extra-large ruler (a cork underside is useful since glassine is slippery)
  • Scissors
  • Linex curved bone folder (cutting-mats.net) (NOTE: This bone folder's point is less sharp than others', which keeps it from damaging the glassine)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Clear adhesive tape
  • Clear monofilament (sold at crafts stores; similar to fishing line)
  • Sewing needle

Folding Tip: With an extra-large sheet, it's useful to score the fold line, using a ruler to guide you, before folding. Also use the flat edge of the bone folder to crease the folder after you've made it.

Cut glassine paper to 36 by 22 inches.

Fold paper into twelfths the long way, taking care that all the folds point the same direction, following these steps:

1. Fold it first in half, end to end.
2. Then unfold it, and fold the ends in to meet the center (this will keep all the folds pointing the same way).
3. Unfold again, then fold each of the sections in thirds (measure and score with the bone folder and ruler, or match up the creases in the previous folds).



Lay the paper flat so all folds point down, with the long side horizontal.

Score across the paper, 7 1/2 inches from the bottom. Fold along the score line, and crease with the bone folder.













Flip the paper over, and mark the side edges, 7 inches from the horizontal fold in the large section. Mark the center of the edge in the smaller section. (Draw very lightly with a pencil)

On the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, and 10th vertical folds, mark the same halfway points, drawing very lightly with a pencil.

Mark the intersection of the horizontal fold at the 1st, 3rd, 5th 7th, 9th, and 11th vertical folds.






Use the ruler and bone folder to score diagonal lines between the marks on the horizontal fold and the center marks on each side -- in the two center sections of the paper.

1. Score from the upper center mark at the edge, to the 1st mark on the horizontal fold; fold the paper up and crease only along that score line.
2. Score from lower center mark at the edge, to the 1st mark on the horizontal fold; fold the paper up and crease only along that score line.
3. Score from the 1st mark on the horizontal fold, up to the center mark on the 2nd vertical fold; fold and crease again. (Repeat for the lower section.)

Continue this pattern across the paper. When you are done, the creases down the center sections of the paper should all point down.

Now it's time to score the fold on the outer sections of the paper.

Flip the paper over (the folds in those center sections should now point up).

Use the ruler and bone folder to score diagonal lines between the top and bottom edges, and the center marks in each section.

1. Score from the upper center mark on the edge to the top of the 1st vertical fold; fold the paper up and and crease only along that score line.
2. Score from the lower center mark on the edge to the bottom fo the 1st vertical fold; fold and crease only along that score line.
3. Score from the top of the 1st vertical fold down to the center mark on the 2nd fold; fold and crease. (Repeat for the lower section.)

Continue this pattern across the paper.

Flip the paper over (the creases in the outer sections should now point up). Pleat or gather the bottom edge of the paper at the half-diamond shapes, following the fold lines. Tape the sides of each half-diamond together with a small piece of double-sided tape.

To store the lantern until you are ready to hang it, gently fold the lantern at each crease; it will collapse flat. Store it between two pieces of cardboard.






When you are ready to hang the lantern, open it up, and bring the two open edges together. Tape them from the inside using regular clear adhesive.

To attach the monofilament for hanging, thread it through the needle and sew through the folds of the paper at the top. Tie. Leave enough monofilament to reach all the way to the ceiling.

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