Thursday, June 10, 2010

Glittery Paper Lanterns by Amy Anderson

Hi! I’m Amy from Mod Podge Rocks – and I have a confession. I haven’t worked with glitter that much in the past, because I’ve been scared. I see so many wonderful things happening out in the craft world with glitter, and I want to do some of these wonderful things myself. This is why I’m so happy to be here for the next few months! Thanks to Art Glitter for pushing me in the right direction.

My first project is inspired by summer and parties. Pools are hoppin’, and plenty of people have birthdays outdoors. Wouldn’t a paper lantern like the one above be perfect for your next party? I’ll show you how it’s done. The glitter adds the perfect special touch and sparkles so well in the sunlight. Here we go!

Gather these Supplies:
Paper lantern(s) – these can be found in packs at the dollar store
Mod Podge – your choice of formulas, I used Satin
Napkins – as many as you need, I used about 6
Scissors or a Die Cutter
Flat Paint Brush
Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Glue and Ultrafine Metal Tip
Art Glitter – Atlantis Ultrafine Transparent, Sky Ultrafine Opaque

Begin by separating your napkin layers. I pulled the back away from the front, so that I was working with a thin layer of napkin, much like tissue paper.

At this point you will need to determine what design you are going to use on your lantern. I wanted something floral, so I used my Sizzix Big Shot and a flower die. If you don’t have a die cutter, never fear! You can also cut something out with scissors. What you design is up to you.

Cut your shapes out of your napkin, setting aside and being careful not to tear them. I also recommend not turning a ceiling fan on during this time (speaking from experience).

Once you have your shapes, the next part is easy! Grab your Mod Podge and brush and adhere your napkin shapes to the side of the lantern. You don’t need much, just enough to get the napkin to stick. Be careful when brushing over the napkin, as it will tear easily. Repeat adhering shapes all over the lantern in a random pattern.

Once you are done, allow the entire lantern to dry for about 1 hour. Then give the entire lantern another coat of Mod Podge.

Using your glue and ultrafine metal tip, add designs to your shapes. I dotted some flower petals, added squiggles and filled in centers.

Add glitter! You don’t want to do the entire lantern at once, as you will need to lay it down on one side to dry. I recommend doing it in about 3 sections, allowing the glue/glitter to dry in between each and then tapping the glitter off. Allow to dry and you’re finished.

Here are some other shots to give you a good idea of how it looks when finished – you can really see the glitter sparkle in some of the photos. It’s absolutely beautiful outside.

I’ll be back soon with another glitter project. In the meantime, come see me at Mod Podge Rocks for more decoupage silliness. Thanks for reading.


  1. ADORABLE... SERIOUSLY LOVE IT! how cute for a party, or in a little girls room. Love the flowers, way to go AMY! JENN

  2. yahoo Go Amy- nice and easy - i luv it. as always Mod Podge Rocks.

    rossane k.

  3. oooh, Amy that is SUCH a fun project! i always thought those dollar store lanterns could use some awesome dolling up, and Mod Podge to the rescue! WOO!

    gonna look for some good colours and maybe surprise my MIL - thanks for the idea!

  4. Well you did a nice job. I think I can do that. Love the lantern for so many type things.

  5. I love it! Great job Amy! :)

  6. You did a terrific job - I LOVE it!

  7. Amy! I AM NOT A GLITTER PERSON EITHER - BUT I HAVE TO SAY - GREAT JOB! I love the pattern - and the glitter adds just the right amount of sparkle and interest.

  8. Now we can call you the glue and glitter girl? Thanks so much for linking up on Craft Schooling Sunday, had no idea it was you, a nice surprise!
    all the best, xoxoxo Sara

  9. What a wonderful idea! I love how you decorated the lantern.

  10. What a great idea! I LOVE this!