Dodecahedron Paper Lantern Instructions

After scouring the internet to find instructions for making these, and finding very little, I thought I would write my own. Here goes:


  3 watercolor paintings done in “wet on wet” fashion
  school glue

1. Make a pentagram pattern out of cardboard. It must be a perfect pentagram. This was probably the most difficult part of the process!

We found this link helpful and fun!
If you have a printer,  this link will do the trick.

2.  Trace 11 pentagons onto your paintings and cut them out.

3. Inside of your pentagons, draw another angled pentagon, with its points in the exact middle of the larger shapes straight sides, so that you can fold the points down.

4. Fold all the points over.

5. Glue the shapes to each other, starting from the base. We used school glue applied with a paintbrush.
When you get to the top opening, make sure and glue those points down too to make the star affect when lit.

I found these links helpful as well:

And apparently, the complete instructions can be found in this book.
Put a votive candle inside your lanterns to see the stars!

Author: thewitchmama

Melanie Elizabeth Hexen is a midwife, regionally famous bellydancer, homeschooling mother and matriarch of the Many Hands House. She has been a witch for 25 years, and her belief system is currently based on the writings of Terry Pratchett and the teachings of Steven Posch. With her coven, the Prärie Hexen, she is creating the Hexen Tradition of Witchcraft.

2 thoughts on “Dodecahedron Paper Lantern Instructions”

  1. don't know if they are still in business but flaming pear did a plugin for photoshop called flexify which makes anything into dodecahedra as well as many other shapes. print, cut paste.


  2. Thank you so much for sharing this, Melanie! I just had the experience of making one of these for my son's pre-school class (at a Waldorf school in Australia)and I'm loving being back in touch with this wonderful earth, spirit energy, and I'll be sure to share this. Love to you! -Juliana


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