Fairy Lantern

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By General Craft Contributor Michelle

Create your own whimsical fairy lantern with this fun tutorial.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

To begin, create your fairy–you can either draw one by hand onto your cardstock, find one online to trace and cut out by hand, or use your cutting machine (like I did) to cut one out.

Next, cut 3 sticks that are about 12-inches long.  Lay your first two sticks into an upside down “V” shape.  Use hot glue to secure them together at the top.

Cut a shorter length of twig that will fit across the bottom edge.  Use hot glue to secure.

Stand your stick structure up on the end, and angle a third leg off of the top–we’re building a pyramid shape.  Secure with hot glue.

Cut another twig to fit across the bottom of one of the new sides you’ve created.  Glue the stick on the INSIDE of the twigs.

Cut, and attach a third leg.

You’ve now finished your lantern structure.

Starting on one side of your lantern, run a bead of glue along the top of the twigs–make sure you create a solid line of glue with no gaps.  Lay a piece of tissue paper over the wet glue, and pull the edges to flatten, and tighten the paper over the twigs.  Run your finger along each twig to help the glue to stick, and absorb into the paper.

To create the deckled, torn edge, gently pull the tissue paper along the outer edge to tear along where the glue has softened the paper.

Repeat the gluing, and tearing the paper on the other two sides.

Use hot glue to attach your fairy to one of the twigs on either the bottom, or legs of the INSIDE of your lantern.  You don’t want to stick it directly onto the tissue, it needs to be anchored directly behind the tissue, on one of the structural twigs.

Gently wrap some jute around the top part of your lantern, and tie it in a knot.  Unravel the ends, if desired.

Now pop a battery light under your lantern, and enjoy the hidden suprise fairy!

Happy Crafting!

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