DIY

Fairy Lantern

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After a year of weekly crafting, I have a plethora of crafting supplies. Some of them, like the glitter left over from our Thinking Putty, I consider to be the the herpes of the crafting world. Whenever you use it, it ends up everywhere. I am constantly worried that it is multiplying in my craft cupboard and an unfortunate accident will happen that causes all the bags to explode and cover everything within a 2 mile radius. Although I know I’m just being paranoid, I wanted to do something that would use a little bit of it up. While cruising my Pinterest feed, I came across these beautiful fairy lanterns by Lucy Akins on eHow

Supplies

  • Mason Jar (the smoother the better)
  • Mod Podge
  • Craft moss
  • Silk flowers
  • Glitter
  • Cardboard for the base of the jar
  • Fairy silhouette printed onto cardstock (make sure it will fit in your jar)
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Floral wire
  • Battery operated candle
  • Glue gun
  • Krazy glue or equivalent

Instructions

Trace bottom of jar onto some corrugated cardboard and cut just inside the circle. Make sure it will fit easily into the jar and then set aside. This will be what you attach your fairy, moss and flowers to to create your fairy world.

Paint a thin coat of mod podge on inside of jar. Dump in some glitter, close the lid and shake until sides are completely coated. Dump out excess glitter. 

Find an image you like of a black fairy silhouette on the internet and print off onto cardstock. One without a lot of fine detail will be the easiest to cut out. Once cut, glue the end of a toothpick onto the back of the fairy so that it can stick into the cardboard. Place near the front leaving room for the candle behind. 

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Using your glue gun, cover the cardboard with moss. If you have room, you can also add a sprig of flowers near the back. Place in the jar with your flameless candle.

Using krazy glue, glue the lid of your jar to the metal ring so it doesn’t fall out when you untwist it. Be very careful not to glue your fingers to the lid. This is easier said than done. 

Cut yourself a piece of ribbon or twine long enough to wrap around the lid of the jar completely and form a handle.  You can braid it first if you want it to camoflauge your floral wire better. We were lucky enough to find ribbon that was braided already and had tiny leaves on it. If you want the same look, you can add some artificial vine.

Inset your florists wire into the centre of your ribbon or twine. This will be your handle so make sure you trim the wire to the appropriate length first. Take the remaining ends and hot glue them around the edge of the lid.

Hot glue the moss to the top of the lid and add any silk flowers that you want. 

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Turn on your candle and screw the lid on to enjoy your beautiful fairy lantern. 

p.s. This did not use as much glitter as I’d hoped and I still have scads of it! Drop us a comment below if you have any other ideas on how to use up the supply. 

~R.Dolly

 

 

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