Easy $4.00 DIY Dollar Tree Lantern
Just wanted to drop by and post a quick DIY for you.
We all know the holiday season is upon us and a lot of us are on a budget.
So, here's a inexpensive and elegant way to "brighten" your holidays and even use them all year round.
Isn't it pretty!
4 Picture Frames, any size, I went with 5x7.
Hot Glue Gun
Beads for the feet of your Lantern
My first step is optional, I decoupaged glitter over my candles to give them a glow..
I recommend that you texturize your candle before putting glitter on them. Just take fork and score the sides to rough'em up a little, the glitter will adhere better to them.
I had my fan right next to me, as soon as I finished applying the decoupage glitter, I put them under the fan. It didn't take very long to dry but I waited overnight.
You see in some place where the glitter just started to slide, I won't tell if you don't.
They still look beautiful at night.
These were $1 each at the Dollar Tree and really nice I might add.
I unwrapped, then separated the glass from the picture frame.
After, I dried brushed some beautiful flat paint on the frame. No, sanding needed.
I wanted more of a rustic feel.
Added mirror back to the frame by hot gluing each corner.
Hot glue each frame together, making a box.
Like this picture below
This is the bottom
After all sides are hot glued and dried.
Trace the bottom of your lantern out on a sturdy piece of cardboard and hot that at the bottom.
I also had some old beads to use as feet for my lantern.
I just glued them on to the bottom of the cardboard.
And there you have it..
Seriously, this took about 1 hour to do and that was with the decoupaging and dry painting the frames.