Monday, June 13, 2011

My Lantern

In case you missed it last week, here is my Wood you like to craft? project for this month.  The link party is going on now on the Wood you like to craft? blog.  You can link any project that was inspired by this month's craft or any "star" wood project.  Be sure to head on over and check out all the inspiration! We sure hope you'll join in!


Hello everybody!  It's Krystal here from Sassy Sanctuary.  I'm so excited to be visiting Craft Goodies today!  Wendy is just amazing and its been a blast getting to know her through Wood you like to craft?!  Her talent is incredible but she really out did herself with her lantern!  I think its about the cutest thing I have ever laid eyes on!

Anyway, as much as I wanted to just copy it exactly, I decided to try to make a lantern that wasn't seasonal... just to mix it up a bit.  Here is what I came up with.

I think its a lot of fun and I'm sure it will show up in different vignettes all over my house.  It has a bit of a beach cottage vibe which is fun for summer!  But my favorite part is the etched glass.

It was quite the internal debate deciding what pattern to use on the glass, but in the end I went with a honeycomb pattern.  I think its perfect!

The key to this lantern's construction is 5x7 picture frames.  I found a bunch on clearance and went from there.  Here are some basic instructions.

Obviously the exact sizes will depend on the size of frames you use, but you need wooden posts for the corners, 2 squares for the top and bottom, smaller posts and a smaller square for the little "house" up top, hardware, and of course, your frames.

Use wood glue and finishing nails to construct your lantern.  I started by connecting my frames to the posts (leave one frame off) then attaching that to the base.  Then construct the "little house" part.  (really not sure what to call that) Drill a large hole in the top peice, then attach the "little house" to the center of your top.  Finally attach the top to the main piece.  It should look like this when its done.

Give it a good sanding and then finish it however you want.  I had a little fun with the finish.  I painted it white, distressed the heck out of it with my sander, and then I put a coat of blue stain over the top.  (You should have seen the look on the face of the paint lady when I asked her to mix me up some blue wood stain! hehe)

To etch the glass I made a vinyl stencil with my silhouette. 

Slather on the etching cream and let it do is thing.  The bottle said to leave it about 5 minutes but I probably let mine sit for more like 20. 

Depending on your frames, you may have to use hot glue to put your glass back in.  (Like I did)  Just put a small dab in each corner and set your glass in place.  It works like a dream.

Last step is attaching your hardware.  You want a handle for the top so it can hang, a knob for the door, and little hinges so it can do this...

(Oh, and I should mention that although it would probably be fine, I went with one of those battery powered candles.  I worry about wood and fire.  I would hate to have someone burn their house down!)

And that's it! My fun summer lantern!

Thanks so much for the inspiration and for having me Wendy!  I can't wait to see what everyone else does this month!

As always I'm linking to these great parties and events:


Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

Super cute - what a brillant idea to use picture frames. Love this.

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

I would never have taken that on. But now I think I could. You broke that down so great with the 5x7 frames and all. Love how yours turned out.

Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

this is WAY too much work for me, know, I'm all about 5 steps or less. But I LOVE this. You're awesome. Plus, you have a silhouette? very jelly of that one girl!

Sara said...

This is DARLING Krystal! I especially LOVE the etching. :) Someday I will make one!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [14 Jun 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

AllisonandKyle said...

Love This!! Wonderful Job!!

Life With Lucy said...

This is awesome! I am seriously so impressed! I would have NEVER guessed you made it yourself. Thanks so much for sharing!

Kelly said...

I can't believe this lantern was a DIY project! It looks amazing, and I love the honeycomb.

Found you from the A to Z linky party!

Heather said...

New follower here! This lantern is sooo cute and clever!

TheCraftInMe said...

Wow, it's perfect, wonderful job - love that honeycomb too!

Jessa Smith said...

This is so cute! I'd love to have something like this for my terrace!!


A Few Pennies said...

Love this project--thank you for sharing easy instructions to follow too.

Jessica said...

Girl, have you thought of selling these? Cause I'd totally buy like 6 of them. For reals.

Ruth said...

This is great. I love this project!!

Thank you for the tutorial.


The Tinkerer said...

This is absolutely Fabulous and soooo lovely! Thank you for sharing! Wanted to let you know that I am sharing this tutorial with my lovelies today! Feel free to check it out!

Thank you again~ Have a {Marvelous} Monday!


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Tiffany said...

gorgeous all the way! I'm linking to you from my Summer Kick Off Tutorial Round Up!

Seychelle said...

Hey, I saw this post on Ucreate and I LOVE it! I want to make one right away! Also, I looked through your blog and I'm loving everything. You have a great style and you just made my craft to do list quadruple itself!! :)

Life Of A Southern Couple - Brittany said...

So cute! The honeycomb design worked out perfect! Great idea! :)

Rose Mayre said...

Gente,que idéia ótima.Parabéns,vou postar no meu blog

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