Shadow Lantern Kit

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This kit comes in three designs: star, celtic knot and snowflake. Click on the images at right to see each version.

In the 1640’s, a German priest living in Rome developed the Magic Lantern, which cast shadows from glass slides onto a ¬†screen, a precursor to modern cinema. This shadow lantern works on the same principle. A tea light inside casts the shadow from a stencil onto a paper screen. This little lantern is fun to make as an embellishment for your mantel, windowsill or dining room table. This project is for ages 15 and up. Finished size is approx. 6″ x 5″ x 5″.

This kit contains:

  • 16 sticks of balsa wood cut to size
  • Sandpaper
  • 4 sheets of card stock with ready to cut designs printed on them
  • 4 sheets of translucent paper + paper for the hinges
  • A glass candle holder & a tea light


You will need:

  • x-acto knife
  • cutting mat
  • glue
  • glue brush
  • ruler
  • sharp pencil



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