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Summer latern for your garden/patio

I love summer, especially around here (San Jose, CA) where the days are usually mild (80’s to low 90’s) and the evenings cool, but warm enough to be outside without a jacket (most of the time).

This year we went plant crazy and finally put a whole lot of plants in the backyard (we have planted before but the last few years we haven’t done much in the yard). Anyhow, here is a picture of the yard from our kitchen window:

From May 31 2009

So, all of the above leads to today’s project, a summer lantern (a red/white and blue theme) for your garden/patio. I used the brand new paper Patricia announced yesterday, the new Ruche paper.

I cannot say enough good things about this paper, it is strong, with the most beautiful texture and feel, the color is absolutely stunning and it was just perfect for the lantern.

First of all, stamping on the paper was a breeze, I used SU craft white ink and it went on smoothly with great detail even though the paper has a texture.

When I was making the lantern I decided to add some “bling” and inserted the decorative wire with stars, and boy does that add to your basic lantern! I balled up some red and blue star wire inside, and then bunched a group together so they were exploding out of the top (like fireworks). I also used the wire with stars for the handle.

Here is the lantern on a glass table:

From May 31 2009

And here I hung the lantern up on our very large Cypress:

From May 31 2009

Now comes the fun part, the light inside! I actually bought some of the paper lanterns at the dollar store and took the lighting element out of the lantern and used sticky tape to put the lantern inside my lantern. When the light hits the stars it just gives off the most amazing glow, and the shadow that is created is fantastic! I couldn’t get the pictures to show the true shadow, but the color of the stars shows up in the shadow, just so cool! The stars are clearly defined in the shadow, so your little lantern “grows” at night and brings in some really neat shaped shadows.

Here is the lantern in the dark, with the light turned on:

From May 31 2009

And here is another with a bit of the shadow:

From May 31 2009

I can imagine that you could make this lantern with a graduation theme, as I know I have seen the wire with graduation hats in black and white, or you could do birthday lanterns, using wire that had balloons, or even fathers day using the stars (Dad’s are stars aren’t they?)

For directions on how to make the lantern click here. NOTE: I did not make the handle as I used the star wire (punch two holes on either side of the lantern top, and then put in some eyelets for support, thread the wire through and wrap the wire around the handle to keep it together).

Also, I put the lantern light in by adding sticky tape around the light (and I added the sticky tape along the joining side of the lantern), rolled the light inside the lantern and sealed the ends at the same time.

Let me know if you hae any questions, hope you enjoy this cute and easy project!

2 comments to Summer latern for your garden/patio

  • Silly me I meant to add, I LOVE your backyard! Makes me want to come over and hang out! Great lantern too, please continue to create and add tutorials! We all LOVE tutorials, (at least I do)!!

    Patricia
    the PaperTemptress

    “A GIRL CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH PAPER” – Lisa Bearnson

  • Everyone might not know this but Jacquie, Carolina, and I all live here in San Jose, CA! Believe it or not we all haven’t gotten together to create yet but hope to soon!

    Patricia
    the PaperTemptress

    “A GIRL CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH PAPER” – Lisa Bearnson

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