I woke up to the first snow of the season last week and couldn't help but get a little excited for the magical, wintery days ahead. It's still a bit warm to line the walks with these crystal-like beauties, but come December, you better believe I'm making a whole bunch of DIY ice lanterns!
Who says you need to have a party to hang a few of these awesome tissue paper lanterns around? I would keep them up all of the time!
First that outdoor deck/daybed makeover and now these outdoor star lanterns... I think it's safe to say we're itching for warmer weather! While sunshine and blue skies are still a few weeks (or months) off, that doesn't mean we can't start perfecting our paper-folding skills. I, for one, am definitely going to try my hand at these paper star lanterns!
Nike had been pining over a lantern she'd seen at Ballard Design. The pricetag, however, was a little steep ($59-$79), so Nike decided to make one. You'll never guess what she used to do it either. Have an idea? To see if you guessed right, take a look at the supplies list:
I know what you are thinking: paper and outdoors?? Well, perhaps not permanantly, but for those non-rainy summer gatherings, you will want your outdoors do be as fun and welcoming as your indoors. Paper is inexpensive, comes in a bazillion varieties, and makes a big impact! Here's a big tip: start with a ready-made paper lantern and gussy it up a bit!
Joey took a plain old Ikea paper lantern and turned it into a garden of cherry blossoms. She used a bit of paint and faux cherry blossoms. However, if you'd rather make your own
Aunt Peaches made this lovely ruffly lotus lantern using--of all things--cupcake liners. She assures us making one is pretty hard to mess up. The trick is the spacing of the
Brittany snagged a $5 light fixture at her local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and decided to turn it into a Pottery Barn inspired lantern.
Urban Threads actually turned plastic Target bags into a lamp. I still can't quite believe it even after reading the tute!
First they fuse the bags. To do that, you'll need the following:
- parchment paper
- a scissor
- an iron
- leftover plastic bags
Although made specifically for a wedding, these paper lantern centerpieces would be a lovely addition to any large gathering. To make them, assemble the following:
Oo, oo, oo. You gotta love the possibilities opened by the battery operated LED tea light. Case in point: these photo lanterns from Ivy Kanaley from a A Field Journal.
- Store bought lanterns (glass votives are an alternative)
- Spray adhesive (suitable for paper and glass)
- Digital images
- Battery operated tea lights
- Scissors/Paper cutter
Solar garden light kits are cool, but can be pricey, permanent, and are just begging to be run over with the lawnmower. So, here's a sweet DIY alternative: "make your own ultra-low cost temporary garden lights using LEDs, lithium coin cells, and mason jars."
- Lithium coin cell batteries
- Ultrabright LEDs with diffused lens
- Mason jars and lids
Simply attached the LEDs to the batteries, and tape into place. Tape the whole...