Paper Flower Lantern

The moment the Christmas season ended began the start of my creative funk. For the past few weeks I seriously thought I had lost my creative mojo. It was awful. I attempted a couple different projects and played with a variety of mediums, but each time was a complete fail. I couldn’t even make a Valentines project work. I’ll spare you the details, but it was pretty bad.

So the other day I was perusing Pinterest (the greatest time suck I’ve ever known), and came across this lovely photo..

via Pinterest from Manuel Canovas

Ahh, those colors! So fresh and springy, perfect for the Sparkletots’ room! I pulled out my large collection of cardstock and started playing with the blues and greens.

Then..well you know how it goes. One thing led to another and I ended up with this..

Here’s how to do it…

Supplies: cardstock, hot glue gun, paper lantern, a cutting machine, some sparkly rhinestones, baker’s twine

Using my Silhouette machine I cut out some of their 3D Ruffled Flowers, that I downloaded from the online store. Okay, not just some flowers, but 56 ruffled flowers. Each ruffled flower has six pieces. If you are a little crazy and have lots of time, I suppose you could cut all these out by hand, but your hands would start to hurt after a while.

Crumple up each layer individually in the palm of your hand, then glue the layers together. You can glue a rhinestone in the middle, if you’d like.

Grab your lantern and start gluing the flowers on. I used a 99 cent paper lantern from Ikea. Start gluing at the bottom of the lantern, working your way up and keeping the flowers even. I didn’t do that and I ended up having to reposition some of the flowers. Not so fun.

Hang the lantern using your baker’s twine and enjoy the colors!

Linked to: Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Skip to My Lou, Today’s Creative Blog, Creative Jewish Mom, Blue Cricket Design, Lil Luna, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, Somewhat Simple, House of Hepworths, Uncommon Designs, I Gotta Create, Remodelaholic, Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, I ❤ Naptime, Under the Table and Dreaming, Serendipity and Spice

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  1. says

    this is fabulous, and I just love that your inspiration came from something totally different, that is true creativity. I’d just love it if you’d drop by my linky party, it’s a good one, and really not so large, plus I feature 10 projects every week, so you have a great chance of getting yourself some nice publicity. Hope to see you there, you can still link up this week.
    Sara Rivka Dahan recently posted..Dried Orange Slice Pendants For Tu B’Shevat

  2. says

    So abso-stinkin’-lutely gorgeous!! Seriously. Love the colors, the shapes, the idea!

    I have a Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL linky that’s still going on.

    I’d love it if you’d link this up, but if you’d rather wait til next Friday, I hope you get a chance to bookmark it because we always have a blast!

    I’d love to have you by for a visit!

    Abbie (Five days…5 ways) recently posted..Move-it Monday: Eggs are Sides

  3. says

    Hello Jessa, I met you at SNAP & I’m just popping by to say “Hi”. I’m enjoying my visit to your great blog & I love this beautiful project. It’s so cool that you have a blue ceiling too! I want to see the rest of the room.

    Warmly, Michelle
    PS – If it makes you feel better, I have creative blocks often! I come up with my best ideas at the last minute {which can be really frustrating, because there’s not always time to execute!}.
    Michelle@Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust recently posted..Graduation Gift Ideas


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