I've been wanting to do a project with paper lanterns for quite some time since summer is right around the corner. This is exactly what I had in mind to do. Well, Friday on my way home from work, I stopped in at my favorite garden shop and what did I see? Lanterns just like what I had pictured in my mind. Kind of creepy. Someone has been reading my thoughts! Needless to stay, I stopped at the party store on my way home and picked up a package of 3 paper lanterns. They were white. Total cost for the 3 lanterns including tax was about $7. I came home and started printing my French script typography invoices on tissue paper and set about covering the three lanterns. For directions on the homemade tissue paper click here.
Now my lanterns were white and I like to use the natural tissue paper for a more antique look, but white would look fine too depending on your needs. It was cold out last night, and I didn't want to brave the cold so I set up my trivets and photographed these in my kitchen so you could see what they look like lit up.
I have shared all three of these French invoices on my blog. I am pleased with the way they turned out.
Since I didn't have a light strand, this is how I lit them. I used two battery candles per zippy snack bag. I hung the bag inside the lantern on the little hook they provided. They illuminated quite well. Each lantern took me about an hour's labor and I used the spray glue. I think something like this would be great for Halloween. How about a haunted Versailles theme?