Today I’m sharing a custom lantern tutorial. I loved the idea of having a lantern that you can change through the seasons by just changing a couple things. That’s what decorating all about right?!
It’s a simple home decor project you can have done in no time! I also think this would make an AMAZING wedding or housewarming gift for someone.
Custom lantern tutorial supplies:
- Darice Distressed Wooden Lantern
- Oracal Vinyl
- Electric Cutting Machine
- Transfer Paper
- Darice LED Candle Set
- Potted Succulent Tree
- Potted Faux Cacti Plant
- Darice River Rocks
- Tropical Shells
Step 1. Lets start off by picking out our lantern and vinyl. I choose this lantern because it had a lot of real estate on the front to work with. The Darice site has a TON of lantern options to choose from for a project like this.
Step 2. Now it’s time to pick out our phrase for the front of the lantern. I went into the Silhouette library and found several phrase options I wanted to use for the project. Make sure to measure the front of the lantern for your perfect sizing.
Step 3. Cut your phrase on blade setting 3. I then used the weeding tool to remove all the excess vinyl from the design.
Step 4. Next use transfer tape to transfer the design to the front of the lantern.
Smooth with a scraper tool and carefully remove the transfer tape.
Voila!! See how easy that was to do!
Step 5. Now it’s time to decorate the inside of the lantern. My favorite was of course adding candles. But your can add the succulent tree, shells, moss, plants, etc., to the inside.
I made three different looks for this post to give you a couple ideas for inspiration.
I paired this lantern up with this beautiful Succulent plant. The plant also looks amazing on the inside of the lantern but for photo purposes I placed the plant next to it.
If you know me then you know I’m ALL about coastal decor. I added some shells to the inside for the perfect beachy touch!
My classic take for this lantern was just adding some moss around the LED candles, and pairing it up with that gorgeous cacti plant.
I really loved how these turned out. I think you can change out your sayings for different seasons or holidays. Halloween add a spooky saying with pumpkins inside. Christmas time add mini trees and snow. The possibilities are endless for a project like this!
Looking for another lantern project?! Check out Angie’s Photo Lantern project. This is another great project that I’ll have to add to my craft to-do list!
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Courtney from Crafts by Courtney is a mommy to three great boys (who keep her busy) and wife to a loving husband. Crafts by Courtney is where she makes easy-to-follow craft tutorials and posts all the do-it-yourself parties she’s created! Crafting has always been a big part of Courtney’s life since she was a child, and some of her favorite childhood memories are crafting with her mother and sister.