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Thanks! I was surprised to find that the LED did such a great job coloring them despite the color of vellum used...they have either pink, orange or white vellum but you'd never know it in the dark.
 

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These are exactly like what i was looking for this year. Great job. For those craft challenged people, for which i am famous, how did you make them, if you don't mind sharing.
I don't mind at all!

You need:

Cardstock
Vellum
Adhesive
X-acto knife
Scoring tool (optional)
Pencil

Cut your 8.5"x11" paper in half, giving you a 4.25" x 11" piece. Fold that in half so it's 4.25" x 5.5". Trace and cut out your design on one side.

Cut a panel of vellum to cover the cutout portion of the design. Adhere to the cardstock covering the cutout.

Cut a rectangle (can be of scrap cardstock or textweight paper) 4.25" x 4". Score on the following lines - 0.50", 2", 2.50". Fold in half. Put adhesive on the edge and line up with the inside bottom edge of your paper tent. Press down. Do the same with the other edge. Push down on the 2" fold and now you have a little "floor" on the inside of your tent which will hold a LED candle and it keeps the overall structure sturdy so it will stand up. When you want to store it simply fold on the 2" mark and it folds flat!

Here's a photo of the inside floor, maybe that will help you visualize the folds and stuff better:

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Vellum is pretty expensive and I found that I could use any color vellum and still get nice changing colors with the LED candle. It's kind of nice to have colored vellum in the daylight when the candle is off, but really you can use any color.
 

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Oh my I just love these!!! So are you saying you used plain velum or a colored velum. I mean in your picture are those all the same clear velum and the color is coming from the candle or are they colored pieces???? They look incredible!!
 

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Thank you!

I used mostly colored vellum, pink and orange because that's what I have. One lantern has white but as you can see from the photos you can't tell when you use a color changing LED candle. So, you can pretty much use any color vellum you like and still get multi-colors in the dark!
 

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I was wondering where you got the templates for the cut outs. For anyone wanting to make these, Amazon has 12 of the color change LED tea lights for 8 dollars and free super saver shipping. Best price by far i found, but i will let ya'll know how well they work.
 

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Where do you buy vellum? Never seen or heard of it before.
Thanks for sharing. Love the idea and what you made.
I got mine at paperandmore.com. They have 100 sheets for $18.99 plus shipping and it comes in a lot of different colors. I made some of the Martha Stewart halloween table/hanging lanterns the last two years and I still have a lot of vellum left for more projects. I really like your lumanaries lmz319 as they seem easier and less time consuming to make, so I will definitely be making some of these this year!! Yes, the possibilities on these are endless. You can always do them for other holidays as well and just change your cutout images. :)
 

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I was wondering where you got the templates for the cut outs. For anyone wanting to make these, Amazon has 12 of the color change LED tea lights for 8 dollars and free super saver shipping. Best price by far i found, but i will let ya'll know how well they work.
I found some cutouts online, some I had already in my files.

I got my LED lights from Amazon, that same listing! It was definitely the best price I've found yet.
 

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Where do you buy vellum? Never seen or heard of it before.
Thanks for sharing. Love the idea and what you made.
Thank you! And as Jules17 said, paperandmore.com has the best prices I've found so far for vellum. You can buy it by the sheet there, too, as a sample. Or, local craft stores have some, usually between $0.59-$0.99 a sheet in my area, so it's cheaper to buy in bulk if you only want a lot of one color.
 

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Another way if you are unable to find a cutout that you like is to find an image on the net, cut and past the image into MS Word, adjust the size to fit into the size lantern you're doing, then print the image right on the vellum. You can then tape it to the inside of the opening in your paper. That's what I had to do for the MS lanterns above.
 
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