It seems like our Christmas decorating this year has been really unique, from the decorations on the front porch to the addition of the burlap on the Mantel…most everything is different, unusual and definitely unique. I like it that way…it’s pretty cool!
A couple years ago, we made the Copper Walkway Lanterns after seeing them in the Gooseberry Patch Christmas 2009 Book. We tried to cut back on expenses a little and we used regular metal flashing and spray paint them copper. While they looked alright, they just didn’t seem to be the best. So we packed them away, hoping the time would come that we could use them…well, the time has come and I’m super excited with how they turned out.
The Paper Lanterns were very easy, although they did take a little patience and time. Here is what we used to create them…
- Epic Tool for Die Cuts
- Snowflake die cut - there are hundreds and hundreds of die cuts to choose from at Lifestyle Crafts, we thought the snowflakes would be great to use, then we can leave them up even after Christmas
- Scrapbook paper
- Velum scrapbook paper
- Glue – a regular glue stick will work for the snowflakes but you will need something pretty strong for the edges, we used Elmer’s Xtreme Glue Stick
- Clothes pins to hold the lantern while it’s drying – optional but much easier
- Copper lantern or you could even just set these in a clay pot or on a small plate, depending on where you are going to use them
- Battery operated tea lights
After you cut out the snowflakes or other design, glue them onto a velum paper. Remember to glue them right side down so that the pattern shows through the velum.
Glue one edge all the way down, then attach to make a circle. Use clothes pins to hold the edges and place a bottle to weight it down. Let it set for at least 15 minutes.
As I said, we made these lanterns with metal flashing and spray painted them copper. You could certainly also use heavy card stock paper to create them.
On top you will need some metal brads and a hole punch.
And then use heavy wire to hang them.
Another one of the unique Christmas trees we created this year, is this grouping. We used 3 trees in varying sizes and placed them close together in the foyer. And yes…I know I already showed you the Christmas Ladder Tree that we put in the foyer…but sometimes most of the time things change around here. Can I just say I have most wonderfully patience and helpful hubby EVER!!
I used short pieces of burlap and wired them on, created snowflakes from twigs and added red wooden beads, some birds nests and mini clay pots.
Then we added battery operated tea lights for a warm glow. Our new Paper Lanterns will greet our guests this holiday season. Watch for some fun cupcake wrappers and a darling tag wreath coming soon!
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Disclosure: I received some products to try from Lifestyle Crafts and as always, the opinions are my own.