Friday, June 17, 2011

Flower Lantern


I originally was going to place this within the Summer with the Saints: St. Germaine post but then I felt it deserved a post of its own. The ideas to make a flower lantern are endless. Supplies needed:
  • glass container (use old glasses, recycled jars, etc.) - make sure the opening is large enough to place a tealight candle inside.
  • Mod Podge
  • brushes (I love sponge brushes for this)
  • tissue paper, assorted colors
  • scissors
Either cut out your flower shapes now or do your first layer of tissue paper. If you are working with kids, I would recommend cutting out shapes first to avoid the glue mess. Have a sample on hand or some good ideas. For young kids, have some pre-cut shapes ready to go. Some ideas: do a meadow scene with grass, flowers, blue sky and a sun; big flower shapes; shape flowers (like triangles, rectangles, etc.); big patches of color for a flower mosaic (very simple to do and worked great with Miss Bear); ball up tissue paper and glue on.

Once your shapes are pre-cut and ready to go, put a thin layer of mod podge on the outside of your jar, spreading it all over. Then cover jar with tissue paper color of choice. Gently rip off the excess paper and apply another thin layer of mod podge. Now you can stick up your flower design. Use more mod podge to cover the flowers and seal the entire surface of the jar. Let dry (mine dried best upside down). Add a candle once it dries.

This is a messy project so be prepared with newspaper under each project, avoiding windy locations, and have a sink nearby!

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