Monday, 8 December 2014

D.I.Y-MAS: Winter Wonderland Lantern

Long time no speak! First we need to talk about the obvious. Hello new font! I'd been lusting after Courier for a while and decided today was the day to make the slight alteration!

Secondly, I'm so sorry for being the world's worst blogger throughout November. Two posts last month is frankly shocking. I've been so busy with school work lately and we all know that Christmas time calls for blogs so I'm looking forward to bombard you with festive posts as things begin to slow down. New font, new series 'D.I.Y-mas', new me. 

Christmas is the perfect season to get crafty and I wanted to make something that was quick, easy, affordable and a pretty decoration for the house. This Winter Wonderland lantern not only looks lovely in the daytime, but it looks especially beautiful at night as the snowflakes beam in the darkness. 

You will need:

- A mason jar (size is up to you, mine was medium to large)
- Mouldable fairy lights (preferably LED, just check that they are NON-FLAMMABLE)
- Silver glitter spray
- Iridescent snowflakes
- Confetti stars
- Polystyrene snowflakes
- Silver ribbon 
- Silver glitter (not photographed because nobody's perfect and I forgot)
- Any additional decorations such as bells and more ribbons 

(All can be found in your local crafts shop)

Start by evenly spraying the inside of the jar with the glitter spray.

Whilst it is still wet, add the iridescent snowflakes (if you cannot find these, anything sparkly or snow-like will do) and roll the jar until the flakes are stuck and the inside is covered.

Allow the jar to dry for 20-30 minutes and meanwhile sprinkle the polystyrene snowflakes with glitter. This is optional, as are all of the decorations inside of the jar - you can customise it to how you please.

Once the inside of the jar is roughly dry, shape the lights around it. These mouldable ones are great for this. 

When the lights are turned on, it creates this really pretty, almost like shattered glass effect.

Add the remaining decorations to the jar. These stars show up in the dark through any spaces and just add to the wonderland theme. 

 Finish by tieing a bow around the outside of the jar. I also removed these bells from an old Christmas decoration and wrapped them around as a final touch.

You'll be left with a magical, wintery lantern that makes for the perfect Christmas decoration or night lamp! This would also be a lovely, thoughtful gift for somebody. 

"Christmas isn't just a day. It's a frame of mind." - Valentine Davies

Lots of love,