Thursday, April 14, 2011


I am not sure if anyone is reading my blog, but I have decided I will keep posting my projects and happenings in hopes that they provide ideas, insight, or whatever for whoever visits.  So with that said, I will move on to my latest fun project. This one is both adult and kid friendly. How much does it cost you ask???? Hmmm... it is also, very inexpensive.  What is it you ask? Well if anyone has seen the movie Tangled and loved it (I LOVED It), will remember the floating lights.  This project is making floating lights.  You can choose to put candles in them or go without if you worry about a lit flame around little ones, I know I do.  So here it is:
What you need:
  • Sticks
  • Hot Glue
  • Tissue paper
  • Paint
  • Ribbon (I just used some ribbon that I had lying around, you can go all out or keep it simple)
Step One: Go on a fun nature walk with your kids or just on your own if you are childless collecting good strong/sturdy sticks on your way. 
Step Two: Organized the sticks into various size groups and trim down any that need it.
Step Three: Draw out different designs or shapes that you think would make a cool lantern,pick out a color scheme and get the needed sticks out and set aside.
Step Four: Hot glue the sticks together. After the hot glue is cooled (takes like two seconds) paint the sticks to jazz them up a bit.
Step Five: Measure your tissue paper to wrap all the way around the sides of the structure leaving the top and bottom exposed.  Then paint the tissue to your hearts delight.
Step Six: Hot glue the dried tissue paper to your sticks structure, add some ribbon and vuala. 

There really is no wrong/right way to do this project. Allow your kids to be creative with it, allow yourself to be creative with it. If you want to have a more chic look, go with very straight and even sticks and wrap the structure with a nice clean fabric.   I helped the gal I work with make this one. She loves the movie Tangled, all things pink, and loves to paint, so we went for it.  She did a fabulous job on hers and was so proud. 

Hope this gives you a fun activity for this weekend.



Emily said...

I haven't seen Tangled yet, but I definitely want to.
Those lanterns are so cute and creative! You keep amazing me!!

Forever Young said...

Emily, you will LOVE Tangled. Trust me, red box it or netflix it!!! You will be so happy you did:):) And thanks for your sweet comment.

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