I'm hoping to host a little birthday party in my yard next month so to get ready I've already started making some of the decorations.
-purchased paper lantern
-mod podge, sponge brush (not shown)
-scissors and pencil
-paper to make your pattern
-napkins (or lightweight scrapbook paper)
-miscellaneous ribbons, lace, or trim for a hanger (not shown)
1) Decide what shape you would like to use for your pattern. I traced some vinyl adhesive butterflies I had onto to some craft paper to use as templates. ( If I had tried to use the actual vinyls they probably never would've come off the napkins)
|Use different sizes to give your design variety~|
2) Place your templates on the back of your napkins. Trace with a pencil and cut out.
3) Most napkins are 3 ply. Make sure to take off at least one layer before you start gluing. If you don't do this the paper will naturally separate itself and cause a bit of a mess. If you go down to 1 ply, printed paper only, you might find that it's too fragile to work with. For me, two layers of paper worked perfectly.
4) Construct your paper lantern.
|You were expecting a globe weren't you??!?|
6) Place your napkin shape onto your paper lantern and very gently press into all the grooves.
I didn't apply another outside layer of Mod Podge like you do with most decoupage projects but you can if you want a little extra sheen. I figured I was lucky not to have destroyed the napkins or the lantern so far and I didn't want to press my luck.
7) Cut some ribbon, lace, or whatever you have on hand to use as a hanger. You can add some more pieces to the bottom too as a sort of tassel decoration.
|Ahhh, the perfect place to relax|
after a hard day of crafting~
Until then, keep on crafting!
Here are some pins that inspired this project:
|Source,Green Wedding Shoes,GlueArts|