3.13.2012

Pinspired: Flower Petal Lantern

Early on in my relationship with Pinterest, I spied a craft that I just knew I had to try.

Yes, I did refer to it as a relationship.  Anything this passionate has to be a relationship.  

(Otherwise I'm just a hussy.)

So as I was saying, there was this craft--tissue paper lanterns, seen here and here--and I just knew I had to make one.  Lucky for me I already had a bunch of paper lanterns left over from my mother's wedding.

That would be the wedding I hosted here in my house.  
Remember all those sitcoms in the seventies where someone would get engaged and the next week there would be a wedding in the main character's living room?  

Well, just call me Maude.  Or Alice.  Or Rhoda.   

(I shudder to think how many of you will not get those references.)


So as I was saying, I already had the lantern:


And old faithful (a.k.a. my trusty glue gun):


The one item lacking was a package of tissue paper circles.  I found them on Amazon (I've attached a link under the "products" tab) but before I could order them something else caught my eye:  fabric flower petals.  They're really intended for flower girls but I immediately envisioned them attached to a lantern.
(There's also a link to these in "products.")  


So I got to work:


 First I put a dollop of glue on the top of a petal.



 Then I attached it to the top of the lantern.  (You know it's the top because it has that little metal hook.  If the metal part is flat, like in the image below, turn the lantern over.)




 Then I continued the gluing petals...

...each one slightly overlapping the one before it.



I continued in that fashion...


...until eventually the lantern was covered.
 (To borrow a quote from one of my favorite bloggers, it was easy-peasy!)


Mine now hangs from my daughter's ceiling right next to some store-bought tissue paper pom-poms.  
(And I have a feeling more will be joining them ;)

44 comments:

  1. Oh, I like that pink flower bud lamp.

    We just opened a party on our blog, where you can feature 'your best creative work'. There are some great projects to see already, but we want to see your work!

    http://www.FineCraftGuild.com/party/

    Hope to seeing you around!!
    Have a happy, creative day!

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  2. A-ha! A glue gun project. Love this and can't wait to try making these.

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  3. Marie, you know you're responsible for taking my hot glue gun virginity. The first time I ever used one was when Gina and I embellished the munchkin hats in "Wizard of Oz"!

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  4. What a cute idea! Would love to see a room full of those pom poms!

    And yes, I get the 70's references (embarrassingly enough)!
    Kelly

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  5. These are so pretty! I'd love for you to stop by Etcetorize to share your project, the party is still going on now here: http://etcetorize.blogspot.com/2012/03/make-it-great-monday_11.html . Hope to see you there~

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  6. I know I've already commented here but I wanted to let you know that I tagged you in a blog game that asks questions to get to know other bloggers. Here is the link that I included you in....

    http://ourpinterestingfamily.blogspot.com/2012/03/tagyoure-it.html

    Megan

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  7. So delicate and springy! Thanks so much for linking up to the "Spring Fling" party over at I Gotta Create! <3

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  8. Love this! I have got to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Congratulations!!!! You are featured this week on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! Hope you will stop by and grab a Featured Button. Can’t wait to see what other project you’ve been working on — hope you will link again soon! Links are now open.

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  10. Thank you!! I'll be right over to grab my button :)

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  11. This would be nice for a baby shower.

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  12. Agreed! I was thinking baby or wedding...

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  13. I love the way it turned out. We also have a fun Pinterest Challenge that starts the first Monday of every month. We would love for you to join in on the fun: www.pinterestchallenge.com

    And thanks for sharing at Shine on Friday!!

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  14. I think capping it off on top with the petals would be a cute idea too ... Hmmm, I may have to think about doing that :)
    Hugs,
    bj

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  15. Kara, I would love to link up. I'll be there next month :)

    And BJ, I think you're right about capping it off. Good idea :)

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  16. GORGEOUS!
    And there's that humour I was mentioning...
    xx

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  17. Oooh this one is so pretty!!

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  18. Aww this is so pretty! I love this idea! So sweet!

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  19. Aww this is so pretty! I love this idea! So sweet!

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  20. What a great idea!! So sweet! Thanks for linking up at SweetTalkin' Sunday!

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  21. I LOVE LOVE this idea of yours.
    You did a great job!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  22. Look at you getting bonus points for posting two projects! Great job again, and thanks for linking up!

    Erin @ The Great Indoors

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  23. You are too funny (thanks for that linky!).

    These are great. Hey, can you tell I'm trying to catch up on my favorite blogs reading today? I've been buried under a pile of drop cloth ... and am avoiding a project that will never end!

    :)

    Linda

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  24. What a great idea! I love it. I hope you will link these up to The CSI Project. The challenge is Embossing and paper crafts. You can link as many as 3 projects and we are having a great giveaway!
    http://www.thecsiproject.com.
    Come back every week for a new challenge!

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  25. Thanks! I'll definitely head over there.

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  26. This is so cute! Thanks for joining us for "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll come back next week! -The Sisters

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  27. You were featured on my blog :)
    Hugs,
    Bj

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  28. This is such a cute idea! I love the petals instead of tissue circles - it looks more classy I think :) This would be amazing for a wedding! xx (Just found you through the link party by the way)

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

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  29. Your idea to use bridal flower petals is quite clever and creative ... love it! I've been thinking about a similar project with crepe paper but was concerned about how cleanable it would be since my project is in the kitchen ... with silk petals I think I might be OK :) Thanks for sharing; I've also posted to "It's a Cinch".

    Your recipes also look really good. I'm your newest follower now.

    Robin
    happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com

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  30. So am finally making my way to you, my dear friend! I need to learn my lesson and start following the link ups the second they link up ...

    But there is a thing called life that tugs on my sleeve!

    Or I could not visit every link, but that just seems wrong ...

    So thank you so much for linking up!

    :)

    Linda

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  31. The perfect pretty light fixture for a girl's room :-) It looks great hanging with the tissue paper pompoms - a whole bunch of them together would look even more fab! Good thing they're easy-peasy to make, because I'm sure your daughter will be wanting more. And probably her friends too!

    Kelly

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  32. How awesome is this - my daughter would love some of these in her room, too!!

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  33. I think this is just perfect for a girls room. I actually like your light better than the purchased ones. Thanks so much for the morning laugh...and for linking up. :)
    Karah

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  34. I tried to paint my paper lantern and then put paper flowers on it a la an idea from pinterest... it so didn't turn out the way I thought it would! Now to just get to IKEA to buy a new shade... ugh!

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  38. Very pretty and certainly does look "easy-peasy"~And love the references to the 70's sitcoms...those too young to relate missed out on some great vintage television...much better than today's fascination with reality TV!

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  39. These area adorable!! I'm loving that pink one, how cute for a girl's room or even a powder room... or even a sewing room, lol. Great tutorial, Elena!

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  40. If you are going to cover the whole lantern why not start at the bottom and work your way up? How did you get the 1st row to not get glued down by next row? I can see if you are only doing a few rows but with whole lantern covered makes more sense to start down and work your way up.

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    1. Honestly Judi, it's been 2 1/2 years since I did this project so I don't remember why I did it the way I did. I think I just tucked them underneath the row above them. I remember it being quite simple to do but obviously your way would also be easy—perhaps even easier. :)

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