Here's the lantern as it was...thrift store price tag and all! LOL
The one thing that really attracted me to this lamp was the bulb.
It has a centre that is shaped like a wick, and when lit it actually flickers exactly the way
a candle burns!
Moving along, as I don't want to keep you in suspense any longer...
Here's a close up of the top flower cluster...
As you can see in this close up photo, the lantern itself had been brushed with a gold color. I decided to bring that out in several ways. I've chosen to use a brighter tone of gold glitter on the cream colored poinsettias and I've also created darker golden poinsettias. I think they complement one another very well. I've added different color microbeads to each of the two colors of flowers. The Sparkling Poinsettia flowers are so easy to shape...so don't let a fear of tackling them stop you from creating with this fabulous collection. Heartfelt Creations has created a wonderful instructional video tutorial which you can see here.
I've also brought out the gold hues by using a cream colored wire ribbon that has gold edging.
...and a closer look at the bottom floral cluster...
I've also created a coordinating tag for this project. This way you can write your holiday message on the back and hang the tag from the top of the lantern. It's all finished and perfect to hand off at one of the holiday upcycling parties!
Here's a closer look at the tag...
So, I hope I've inspired you to keep your eyes open the next time you visit a thrift store!
You can find some amazing items just looking to be re purposed and provide them with new life!
Be sure to stop by the Heartfelt Creations blog for more fresh and inspiring projects this week!
Also, have you seen the preview of the upcoming release "Farmers Market"?
I simply love this new collection, and I have some treats in store for you with the gorgeous gathering of papers, stamps and dies!
Until next time...
Project Supplies & Instructions
HCDP1-256 Sparkling Poinsettia Paper Collection
HCPC-3679 Large Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3680 Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3684 Sparkling Poinsettia Notes Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-765 Large Sparkling Poinsettia Die
HCD1-766 Sparkling Poinsettia Die
HCD1-745 Luggage and Tags Die
HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
TSMP805 Memento Dye Ink Pad - Toffee Crunch
159723 Art Institute Glue - Dries Clear
352854 Art Institute Metal Glue Tip
309196 Essential Glue Pad
SMP001 Stamp Mat Pad
Other Products Used: second hand Christmas lantern, gold card stock, cream card stock, Martha Stewart Smoky Quartz Glitter, clear embossing powder, sponge daubers, Lindy's Stamp Gang Golden Sleigh Bells, Recollection Micro Beads - Champagne & Antique Copper, cream and gold wired ribbon, hot glue gun, heat tool, Glitter Ritz, water mist bottle, Modge Podge, sponge paint brush, gold detail embossing powder, gold cord, Ranger Distress Ink - Antique Linen & Vintage Photo, VersaColor Pine Cone Ink
For full instructions on how to shape and create the poinsettias on this project, please see instructional video here.
Purchase a second hand Christmas lantern or holiday item of your choice that you are wish to upcycle. Using cream card stock and your Essential Glue Pad, stamp several images of the Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set, sprinkling the fine glitter on the images as you go and before glue dries. Stamp several images of the Large Poinesttia Cling Stamp Set and repeat the steps you have just completed with the smaller Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set. Set aside to dry. Using gold colored card stock and a light brown ink, stamp several images of the small Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set and sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Set embossing powder using a heat tool. Die cut using the coordinating die and shape into double blossoms using the deluxe flower shaping tools and a light mist of water. Once gold flowers have been shaped and assembled, apply a small amount of glue to each petal edge using a fine metal glue tip and sprinkle with Glitter Ritz. Allow to dry completely and then spray lightly with Lindy's Stamp Gang spray. Moving back to the glittered flowers, die cut using the coordinating die, add a touch of light brown ink to the centres of the petals using a finger sponge dauber, and then proceed to shape without water. Shape the flower images just using the deluxe flower shaping kit and no water as you do not want to loose all of the glitter you have applied. Once shaped, create double blossoms. (Note: some of your glitter will fall off of the flowers during the color application, shaping and assembling process, however due to the nature of the project being an upcycled art piece, the look of the blooms being a little dated, antiqued and faded is the perfect finishing touch.)Using a sponge paint brush, lightly apply a thin layer of Modge Podge to each of the glittered flowers and set aside to dry. Once all flowers are dry, add the micro beads to the centres of each blossom. Create your loopy bow and adhere to piece you are altering with a hot glue gun. Begin arranging flowers in the clusters as you desire, and once happy with placement adhere to piece with hot glue gun.
To create tag, stamp image onto a cream colored card stock and emboss with gold detail embossing powder. Die cut using the large tag in the Luggage and Tags Die set. Distress tag using distress inks. Locate sentiment piece in the paper collection and distress with distress inks and spray with Lindy's Stamp Gang spray. Ink all edges of the tag as well as the sentiment piece with a light brown ink. Adhere flower and sentiment to bottom of tag as shown. Loop gold cording through tag. You are now ready to present a beautiful upcycled piece of altered art to someone special...or maybe keep and display on your own mantle!