With springtime on the horizon, I’ve been daydreaming about awesome hikes and beautiful sunrises. And while I’m a born and bred New Yorker, my time in Northern California has given me a new appreciation for nature. There’s just something so mysterious about mountains; it reminds me that there’s still so much of the world to explore. For my latest project, I decided to use an adorable mini lantern by Darice to create a palm-sized DIY lantern with a beautiful mountain scene. A simple tealight creates the illusion of the sun behind the mountains. How’s that for clever craftiness? Here’s how to make it!
- 8.5 x 11″ Clear Vellum Paper.
- Darice LED Tea Light.
- Darice Small Black Metal Lantern.
- Darice Extra Fine Blue Glitter*.
- Paint Brush.
- Darice Scissors.
- Access to a Printer.
* Use any color of the Darice Glitter that fits into your sun/mountain theme. Black, purple, yellow, orange, silver, gold, or white are all awesome options.
Step 1. Print out several photos of mountain scenes onto the clear vellum paper. The easiest way to do this is to insert photos into a Microsoft Word document. Re-size the images as necessary.
Printing out multiple photos of different mountains leaves room for error and lets you decide which picture works with the best fit in the DIY lantern. Alternatively, you can print one image in a few different sizes.
Using a sheet of vellum paper measuring 8.5 x 11 inches is especially important. This is the same size as a standard sheet of paper, making it appropriate for the average printer at home.
Step 3. Determine which set of mountains looks best with your DIY lantern. The topmost part of the mountain should not completely surpass the tealight’s light. This will ensure that the light looks like a sun rising in the distance.
Next, trim the sides of the vellum mountain. It should fit comfortably on the glass and in between the metal sides.
Step 4. Using the paint brush, apply decoupage to the lower half of one glass panel.
Step 7. Instead of washing the decoupage from the brush, grab some glitter! Dip the brush into the container.
If you’re looking for other ideas on how to decorate your lantern, check out this DIY leopard print lantern and DIY Moroccan lantern idea. How would you personalize your DIY lantern? Let us know in the comments, below!
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Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born and raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.