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Pull Up Accordion Lantern Card Tutorial

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Step By Step Pull Up Accordion Lantern Card Tutorial. It has been quite some time since I shared any papercraft tutorial here. Building this new blog has kept me busy. Besides focussing on content creating, there is a lot to look at on the technical side of this blog. It’s as though I want everything to be perfect even though I know ‘perfection’ doesn’t exist in blogging or anything else. But it is so difficult to brush aside the need for perfectionism.

Anyway, focusing too much on this blog has stressed me out a bit, so I gave blogging a break for a day and spend some hours at my craft table. I can confidently say that I get very creative when I am stressed out. So there is actually a positive side to me being stressed out.

Pull Up Accordion Lantern Card Tutorial

How To Make A Pull Up Accordion Lantern Card

Enough about me let’s start our Pull Up Accordion Card Tutorial. It is really very easy to make. So if any of you want to try it out, I am sure you will get it right at your first try. I have to warn you though that you have to do a lot of cutting and glueing. But that’s the fun part of any paper crafting project.

Getting Ready To Make The Pull Up Accordion Lantern Card

Below are the items needed for the Pull Up Accordion Lantern Card Project

  • White cards
  • Pink cards
  • Floral pattern card
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Scoring Board
  • Pencil

NOTE: You can use any coloured or patterned card for your project

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Cutting The Pieces For The Pull Up Accordion Lantern Card


  1. Take one white card and score at 2″ 4″ 6″ 8″ 10″
  2. Turn the cut to the other side and cut at 2″ 4′ 6″ and 8″
  3. You will have four strips of cards as per below.

White Card Strips For The Pull Up Accordion Lantern Card


  1. Next, take a piece of coloured card and cut into 20 pieces of squares at 1¾” x 1¾” each.
  2. Take a piece of patterned card and cut into 16 pieces of squares at 1½ x 1½ each.
  3.  Take the second white card and cut into 4 square pieces at 1½” x 1½”


  1. For the base, you got to cut 3 A4 cards. The measurement as per below
  • White Card 6¾” x 6¾”
  • Pink Card 6½” x 6½”
  • Patterned Card 6″ x 6″


  1. The final pieces to cut are the top pieces
  • 6/8″ x  3¼” (for the cross)
  • 1¾” Circle – white card
  • 1½” Circle – pink card
  • 1″ Circle – patterned card

Prepare the top pieces for the pull up card

Glueing The Pieces For The Pull Up Accordion Lantern Card

First of all glue the 1¾” x 1¾’ layers to the accordion strips. You will have to glue only on 5 squares of each strip. Your accordion strips will look as in the picture below

Preparing The Strips For The Lantern Card

Next glue the 1½ x 1½ patterned cards. Leaving the middle square empty. It should look something like this after you have glued them all.

Adding The Patterned Squares To The Accordion Card

Glue the 4 square pieces at 1½” x 1½”  at the 3rd square of each strip of card. That’s where you can place your sentiment. You can either stamped the sentiment or die cut and glue it on the white card.

Adding Sentiment To The Pull Up Accordion Lantern Card

Assembling The Parts For The Pull Up Accordion Lantern Card

Take the Patterned 6″ x 6″ card base and glue an accordion strip card as per below. Continue to glue all the 3 other strips at each side of the patterned base card.

Assembling The Pull Up Accordion Lantern Card

After you have glued all the sides, flip the card over and it will look like the picture below.

Front View of the Pull Up Accordion Lantern Card Tutorial

Next, you got to prepare the handle or the pull-up part of your lantern card. Punch a hole in the middle of the cross, the 1½” circle and 1″ circle. Make sure all three holes are aligned. Then fold the piece of ribbon through it and make a knot at the bottom. Take the white circle card and glue it below the cross to cover the ribbon knot. The handle of the lantern card will look like this.

The handle of the Pull Up Accordion Lantern Card

Glue the cross under the top fold of each accordion strip. Your Pull Up Accordion Lantern Card will look like the picture below.

Handmade Pull Up Accordion Lantern Card

Wait for it to dry completely before you finally try to pull it up. So what do you think of my Accordion Lantern Card?

Beautiful Pull Up Accordion Lantern Card

Do try it out or please share this for others to try it out too. If you have any questions about the Pull Up Accordion Lantern Card Tutorial, just leave a comment below.

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  1. I’m a teacher and this is a great idea for some of my classes. Thank you for the tutorial and inspiration!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Hi Norafiqin. I hope your class will enjoy making the pull up accordion lantern card.

  2. Monidipa Dutta says:

    Lovely ideas. And a good craft I will say. I wish I could be so creative.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Thank you Monidipa. You are very creative and talented 🙂

  3. Jennifer Prince says:

    Oh my! That is so cute and impressive. I think anyone would love to receive it, and it’s a gift in and of itself. So lovely!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Thank you, Jennifer. Yes, it is a lovely gift. You could even add some beautiful quotes at the base card.

  4. blair villanueva says:

    This is a cute diy 😀 Can you put something inside (like a little surprise?)

    1. karenmonica says:

      You definitely can Blair. You just have to try to make the surprise flat. So that you can fold the lantern card.

  5. Whitney Kutch says:

    This looks like so much fun to do! This would be so great to surprise a loved one with 🙂

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yes, it is a lot of fun to make it.

  6. Surekha Busa says:

    Wow, this is such a beautiful project to do with my nieces and nephew will definitely try this on this weekends.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Glad to hear that Surekha. I am sure your nieces and nephew would enjoy making it.

  7. This looks so awesome. I am always looking for great crafts to do at the library. This craft here would definitely be useful. I will think about it for Christmas at my work.

    1. karenmonica says:

      This pull up lantern card can also be turned into a Christmas card or decoration as well.

  8. Chinedu says:

    This is a beautiful and thoughtful idea as a gift however where would the text go if you wanted to write more than “with love” – or does the card’s appearance say it all really? haha

    1. karenmonica says:

      If you want to write a longer text or greeting then you can put in on the base card.

  9. What an easy to make pull up accordian lantern. I love how easy it is to make and how beautiful it looks.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Oh yes, it is really very easy to make.

  10. What a beautiful and fun project! Nothing better for a lazy sunday. Cant wait to try it out!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Hope you will have fun making it 🙂

  11. I love crafts of all sorts! This lantern card looks like a great decoration idea for a themed party, and it’s beautiful too! What’s even better is that is looks so easy to make. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

    1. karenmonica says:

      I hope you will give the lantern card a try Paula. I am sure you will enjoy making it 🙂

  12. This is something I would totally try right now more because it’s festive season here in India. This totally helps. Thanks

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yayy, happy to hear that. I am sure it will look beautiful as house decorations too.

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