The snow has fallen. Christmas is just around the corner. Craftblogland is alight with the spirit of the season. Today I thought I'd add to the glow by sharing a very simple but pretty lantern...
Tutorial: Winter Wonderlantern
For this project, you will need:
- A small lampshade
- White tissue paper
- White wrapping paper
- Mod Podge
- Plastic wrap/cling film
- Exacto knife
1. Wrap your small lampshade with plastic wrap. Be sure it is well covered, but NOT too tightly. Tuck the plastic wrap ends inside the lampshade.
2. Water down some Mod Podge in a bowl you care nothing about. The Mod Podge should have the consistency of maple syrup (yummm, maple...). Slather the Mod Podge all over your plastic covered lampshade using a paintbrush.
3. Take a piece of white tissue paper and cover the lampshade.
4. Make sure there aren't any gaps or holes. If there are, cover those too. Using your paintbrush, smooth the tissue paper down onto the lampshade. There will be creasing and crinkling of the tissue paper, but that adds to the charm of the lantern.
5. Using the white wrapping paper, cut out a ton of snowflakes. You will be covering the shade with the snowflakes, so you'll have to estimate how many your particular lampshade will require. I cut out approximately 20 - 3 inch (7.5 cm) snowflakes for my lampshade.
6. Apply the runny Mod Podge on the tissue layer. Apply the snowflakes on the shade, going over the snowflakes with your Mod Podgy paintbrush.
7. Cover the entire shade with snowflakes. Give the shade a few minutes to dry out a little.
8. Apply another coat of Mod Podge over the entire snowflake layer. Take a second layer of tissue paper and place it over the snowflake layer. Once again, using your paintbrush, smooth the tissue paper down onto the lampshade. Allow the whole thing to dry well.
9. Once it is dry, remove the paper lantern from the lampshade. To do this, make a slit down one side of your lantern with an exacto knife. Don't cut through the lampshade. Untuck the plastic wrap ends. Gently remove the paper lantern. Carefully peal away the plastic wrap from the paper lantern. The plastic wrap should come off fairly easily. No struggle required. Trim the top and bottom edges of your lantern as in #9.
10. For a calla lily look, cut away the top corners of the lantern along a curve.
11. Your lantern should look as mine does in #11.
12. Gently curl the sides in by rolling them inward with your hands.
You are done! And you have your very own Winter Wonderlantern!!!
Please be SAFE! Always put your candles in glass votives or jars before placing them in the lanterns.
Now if you like this snowflake craft, you will be awestruck when you see this Wonderland by Aunt Peaches, one of my favourite bloggy voices and crafters!
And if you haven't seen it yet, get a load of Lupin's Snowflake Curtain. Isn't it spectacular? If I had the time, I'd put one in every window! So so pretty!
And with that, I wish you a fantastic day and some happy crafting! ♥