A Christmas salute to Jurianne Matter

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One of my favourite discoveries of this year was the work of

Jurianne Matter

, the Dutch paper designer and cut-out artist. Her delicate




(above), made with paper she designed and printed herself, have that simple retro Scandinavian look I find hard to resist. I like her Japanese-style tealight lanterns best; the light from a candle really shows off the paper's design, and they look beautiful lined up and lit up, warming the room with their glow.

When I was looking for ideas on how to make some Christmas decorations, this style of lantern was the first thing I wanted to try - a salute to Jurianne if you like. Mine obviously don't even touch hers in terms of quality or craftsmanship, but they do bring an instant Christmassy look to a room, and they are

very, very simple and cheap to make

. Here's how...

You will need

A sheet of A4 paper or card (we used plain white paper and Prima's North Country paper, available from Craft Corner, Abu Dhabi and Paper Lane, Dubai)

Scissors or craft knife

Sellotape, craft glue or adhesive mounting squares

Fabric, ribbon or stamps to decorate


1. Cut the A4 paper in half lengthways. Take one of the halves and fold in half lengthways.

2. Using a pencil, mark a short line (2cm long) at 2cm intervals along the fold of the paper. Leave a gap of at least 2cm at each edge of the paper. Using your craft knife or scissors, cut along the marked lines from the fold towards the edge of the paper.

3. Unfold the paper. If you want to decorate the centre of the lantern (as we did with a snowflake stamp on one of the lanterns), do so now.

4. Make the paper into a circle then using glue or Sellotape, stick the ends together. We used adhesive mounting squares for a neater finish. Press the lantern down so the centre expands.

Decorate further with fabric or coloured paper as you wish. On the plain white lanterns, we used strips of fabric scraps, cut into ribbon pieces.

5. Place over a tealight, making sure that the flame does not touch the side of the paper, and never leave the lantern unattended.