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Friday, July 04, 2008

Weekend Project! Light the Way!!!

Wishing you all a Happy and safe 4th of July!!!
What a fun project this is!!! I saw it on Debby's site "Debby's Stampin' Heaven." She has a link to the directions. It's VERY easy to make. Though I did change the directions just a little. I wanted to be able to add one of those battery operated candles to the lantern. After all a lantern should be lit. PLEASE don't use real candles or tea lights. Your PAPER lantern will catch on fire. NOT a good thing!!!

You can see inside my lantern that I put one of those batter operated candles inside it. It's SO cute!!! I think these would be fun at Halloween. I will have to try (TRY??? LOL) to remember to make these around Halloween time!!! I think they would be fun for evening parties, weddings, etc. Lots of things you can use these for.

Anyway, for the base of the lantern I had taken an insulated paper coffee cup. It's one of those that has the plastic lid. The brand I used is Dixie "Grab 'n Go." It was nearby and it fit. You can use any brand that will fit in the opening of the lantern. I measured 3/4" up from the bottom of the coffee cup and marked it in several places all around the cup. I took a craft knife and cut around the marks. I used Tacky Glue and ran a thin bead around the outside of the piece. Then I dropped it inside the lantern. Now this works much better if you do this BEFORE you put the handle on the lantern!!!! Speaking from experience here!! LOL

The cup bottom won't fit perfectly inside the lantern but you will be able to get many of the edges to stick. The plastic candle is lightweight so you don't have to worry about not having it glued all the way around. The areas where the glue took on mine were just enough and it appears to be sturdy enough too.

Once you add the base in then you can put the handle on.

This is a pretty quick project to make. I was surprised at how fast I was able to cut and assemble it. You can add as much or as little decorations to it as you like. These would be a fun Stamp Camp project. And it would be an excellent project for kids since it doesn't require many materials or a lot of skill either!

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NeedsARibbon said...

Happy Fourth of July Wanda. No lighting paper on fire just for the sake of crafting! LOL....

Debby said...

Glad you liked it Wanda, every once in awhile I find something neat on the net I like to share. I have to make some of these yet myself, yours turned out so nice.
Angel hugs

LeAnne said...

What a great idea & cute project. Could you just have wrapped the lantern around the base of the cup BEFORE assembling it? Maybe the measurements could be adjusted a little. I think your idea to make these for Halloween is super, I want to do some!!! I even have the little candles!

ChrissyM said...

How cute. once I saw these I thought Halloween too. Thanks for the link.

Maria said...

Such a cute project! I love it! This would be a great lantern for a Japanese design too. You're right it would be great for Halloween too!


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