Assembly

Below are easy-to-follow instructions and videos to assemble our three lantern styles.  We eliminate further waste by displaying these assembly instructions only in a paperless format.  Any adult can put these together, as can children with adult supervision.  Putting together an Illumaison lantern is a fun Christmas project for the whole family.

 

IllumaisonTM Small Chapel

Instructions for Assembly

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Each of the pieces for this fanal (“lantern” in French) has been entirely made by hand, using only scissors, poster board, a natural starch mixture for adhesive, and recycled papier de soie (colored tissue paper). The artists did not use a cutting machine or pattern press.  Such items will have small imperfections, unlike the machine-made items to which we have become accustomed.

All the pieces you need are included in this package except for the cardboard base.  By using an old box, you will lessen the environmental impact environment of this product.  Completely made by hand in artisan’s homes, these products are made with zero factory waste and no carbon footprint from transportation to a workplace.  The materials are partially recycled and fully recyclable, for one of the most environmentally-friendly holiday decorations available.

You can watch a helpful video for assembly on Illumaison’s Youtube Channel (“Illumaison Small Chapel Assembly”).  [The video method for assembling the lanterns is a little different than the written instructions.  We recommend attaching the base first.]

Materials Included:  1 long wall piece, 2 sidewall pieces.

Additional Materials Needed: rubber cement, shoe cement, or super adhesive glue stick; scissors; utility knife; cardboard box; straight edge ruler. Optional: transparent, adhesive tape. (Tip: the shoe cement is the easiest adhesive to use, as it sticks immediately.)

  1. Cut a square piece of cardboard using the utility knife or scissors. The measurements are 61/4”x 61/4”. Cut out a flap of 2.5”x2.5” in the middle of the cardboard.  Make incisions on three sides, so that the flap can be opened out to insert a battery-operated tea light.  Do not cut out all four sides.
  2. Optional: If you want to make it easier to glue the parts, neatly cut the two parts of the long wall piece along the top edge to divide into two walls.
  3. Apply adhesive along the bottom, inside margin of one side of the long wall piece.
  4. Apply adhesive along one edge of the cardboard cutout.
  5. Carefully attach the bottom, inside margin of the long wall piece to the cardboard. Hold fast for 3-5 minutes, affixing the attached wall between your tabletop and the cardboard.  Tip:  You can strengthen the attachment until the glue hardens by affixing the inside of wall to the cardboard base with tape.
  6. When the first side is well adhered, turn the cardboard around and repeat the same process to glue the bottom, inside margin of the opposite wall. If you have decided to cut the pieces apart, then do the ADJACENT side next.
  7. After the long wall piece has been adhered on both sides, you will need to apply glue on the outer edges of the inside margin of the wall.
  8. Apply glue along the outer edge of the cardboard base.Adhere the base of the wall to the cardboard base.  Then adhere the sides of the wall inside the two long wall pieces, gently guiding them together and holding them in place for two minutes.
  9. Repeat the process.
  10. When you get to the final wall, insert your hand through the opening of the cardboard base.You can use your hand to hold the Illumaison fanal steady and to help guide the final wall into place.  When the wall is fitted properly, take your hand out and press the sides of the wall together to keep in place.
  11. If you cut the two parts of the long wall piece, glue both sides of the handle to reattach.
  12. Allow the fanal to dry for a few hours before moving it.

IllumaisonTM Worker’s Victorian

Instructions for Assembly

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Each of the pieces for this fanal (“lantern” in French) has been entirely made by hand, using only scissors, poster board, a natural starch mixture for adhesive, and recycled papier de soie (colored tissue paper). The artists did not use a cutting machine or pattern press.  Such items will have small imperfections, unlike the machine-made items to which we have become accustomed.

All the pieces you need are included in this package except for the cardboard base.  By using an old box, you will lessen the environmental impact environment of this product.  Completely made by hand in artisan’s homes, these products are made with zero factory waste and no carbon footprint from transportation to a workplace.  The materials are partially recycled and fully recyclable, for one of the most environmentally-friendly holiday decorations available.

You can watch a helpful video for assembly on Illumaison’s Youtube Channel (“Illumaison Worker’s Victorian Assembly”).

Materials Included:  1 house frame (extended wall), 1 door and portico piece, 1 stairway, 2 stairway bannisters, 1 portico balustrade, 2 small portico bannisters, 1 A-frame roof.

Additional Materials Needed: rubber cement, shoe cement, or super adhesive glue stick; scissors; utility knife; cardboard box; straight edge ruler. Optional: transparent, adhesive tape. (Tip:  the shoe cement is the easiest adhesive to use, as it sticks immediately.)

  1. Use the outline on this sheet of paper to cut a square piece of cardboard using the utility knife or scissors. The measurements are 6x 6”.  Cut out a flap of 2.5”x2.5” in the middle of the cardboard. Make incisions on three sides, so that the flap can be opened out to insert a battery-operated tea light.  Do not cut out all four sides.
  2. Fold the margins of the wall using the ruler, so that the margins fold in.
  3. Apply adhesive along the bottom, outside margin of wall piece.
  4. Adhere the margin along the back edges of the cardboard base.You should have 4” of the base exposed in front of the house.  This will allow you to attach the bottom stair of the stairway to the cardboard.  You can tape the margin inside the wall as well. Allow to dry 3-5 minutes before continuing assembly.  Note: you can cover the top part of the exposed piece of cardboard with gift-wrapping paper.
  5. Attach the two sides of the gap between the walls using glue or carefully taping inside.
  6. Use the straight edge ruler to fold the door piece, so that it forms an L with the colored paper facing outward. Fold the floor piece up, so the white, shiny part of the poster board is facing you.
  7. Apply glue along the outer edges of all sides of the door and portico piece.
  8. Position the door and portico piece in the opening of the assembled house frame, dropping it down from above.
  9. Hold the door and portico piece in place for 3-5 minutes until firmly adhered.
  10. Carefully apply glue to the outer edges of the walls, including the A-frame and flat parts.
  11. Lower the roof and pat onto the wall, making sure it is attached on all sides.
  12. Take the two balustrade pieces and attach glue to the bottom, inside margins.
  13. Attach one balustrade to each side of the stairway and hold, or tape, in place for 3-5 minutes.
  14. When the balustrade is firmly attached to the stairway, glue the bottom, inside margin of the top stair to the portico floor. Make sure that the stairway is in the middle of the doorway, unless you are going for an avant-garde effect.  Hold, or tape, in place for 3-5 minutes.
  15. Attach the balustrade piece to the remaining opening in the portico, using glue on the bottom, outer part of the balustrade.
  16. Cut two small pieces out of the bannister piece, in order to create a bannister on each side of the stairway. Apply glue on the outer edges of each pieces.
  17. Attach portico bannister pieces to the stairway balustrade. Hold in place until it grips.
  18. Allow the glue on your IllumaisonTM Worker’s Victorian to cure for several hours before handling it.
  19. Insert one or two off-white tea lights through the opening flap in the cardboard base.
  20. Voila! Your IllumaisonTM Worker’s Victorian is ready to shine.

IllumaisonTM Cajun Victorian

 Instructions for Assembly

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Each of the pieces for this fanal (“lantern” in French) has been entirely made by hand, using only scissors, poster board, a natural starch mixture for adhesive, and recycled papier de soie (colored tissue paper). The artists did not use a cutting machine or pattern press.  Such items will have small imperfections, unlike the machine-made items to which we have become accustomed.

All the pieces you need are included in this package.  You only need to add the cardboard base, the outline of which you can find on this instruction sheet.  By using an old box, you will lessen the environmental impact environment of this product.  Completely made by hand in artisan’s homes, these products are made with zero factory waste and no carbon footprint from transportation to a workplace.  The materials are partially recycled and fully recyclable, for one of the most environmentally-friendly holiday decorations available.

You can watch a helpful video for assembly on Illumaison’s Youtube Channel (“Illumaison Cajun Victorian Assembly”).

Materials Included:  1 house frame (extended wall), 1 foundation base, 1 balustrade, 1 balcony floor, 2 scalloped roof edges, 1 A-frame roof (red or white), 2 small roof pieces (red or white).

Additional Materials Needed: rubber cement, shoe cement, or super adhesive glue stick; scissors; utility knife; cardboard box; straight edge ruler. Optional: transparent, adhesive tape. (Tip:  the shoe cement is the easiest adhesive to use, as it sticks immediately.)

  1. Cut a square piece of cardboard using the utility knife or scissors. The measurements are 9x 9”.  Cut out a flap of 2.5”x2.5” in the middle of the cardboard.  Make incisions on three sides, so that the flap can be opened out to insert a battery-operated tea light.  Do not cut out all four sides.
  2. Fold the four foundation wall pieces down to create an elevated platform.
  3. Use glue or transparent tape to affix the cardboard base to the folded flaps of the foundation. If using glue, put glue on both the inside, bottom margin of the foundation and the outer edge of the cardboard base.  Set the foundation aside.
  4. Pick up the extended wall piece and fold the bottom margins of the wall using the ruler, so that the margins fold in.
  5. Fold the wall piece into a square frame.
  6. Glue or tape (from the inside) the gap between the two sides of the extended wall piece.
  7. Apply adhesive along the bottom, outside margin of extended wall piece.
  8. Adhere the margins of the wall along the center of the foundation piece. Allow to dry 3-5 minutes before continuing assembly.
  9. Carefully apply glue to the outer edges of the upper margins of the walls, including the A-frame (triangular peaks) and the flat upper edge of the wall.
  10. Lower the roof onto the wall piece and pat onto the wall, making sure it is attached on all sides.
  11. Fold down the margins of the small roof pieces. Position them over the two exposed triangular tops of the wall piece.
  12. Use a pencil to mark the position of the small roof pieces on the A-frame, large roof.Remove the wall pieces and apply glue to the folded margins.
  13. Reposition the small roof pieces on the A-frame roof. You can insert your hand through the bottom flap of the base in order to help press the small roof pieces to the A-frame roof.
  14. Attach the balustrade to the balcony floor, using glue or tape along the bottom where you won’t see it.
  15. Attach the balustrade and floor to the wall between a door and an upper window.
  16. Cut the scalloped roof edge into pieces that will fit the edge of the roof. Apply adhesive to the inside of the scalloped edges and adhere to the edge of the roof.
  17. Allow the glue on your IllumaisonTMCajun Victorian to cure for several hours before handling it.
  18. Insert one or two off-white tea lights through the opening flap in the cardboard base.
  19. Voila! Your IllumaisonTMCajun Victorian is ready to shine.