Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Fancy Potpourri Lantern...

I am back from the Spellbinders Retreat, feeling thankful and inspired! It was an amazing experience meeting all the design teams and trying to absorb just a small amount of their incredible talent! Lots of photos were taken and shared on Facebook! One day I'll show you what I look like as a "nerd". That's right, we had "Nerd Night", and it was so much fun. 

I created this pretty project a while ago, but didn't have a chance to post it! This little lantern would be great to hold your favorite potpourri and then hang it on a doorknob, or from a hook in the ceiling. It would also be gorgeous done up in Christmas colors and used for an ornament to hide a secret gift. Or you can tuck a flameless votive inside and use as an actual lantern!

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I created the basic lantern with Spellbinders Paper Arts® Nested Lacey Pennants (I cut off the scalloped portion of the pennants). Cut/emboss 4 of the pennants from patterned paper and lay them on your table with the longer edges side by side (pattern side UP). To create a sturdier lantern, cut/emboss 4 additional pennants out of rust cardstock (remove scalloped portion), then adhere the pattern paper pennants to them.

Adhere Lace Doily Motifs #2 (with #1 being the smallest die) on the edges that are kissing. You'll do this four times, which will form the lantern. Cut/emboss Lace Doily Accents strip twice, and adhere them to rust cardstock (this forms your handle). I fussy cut around the edges, but you can leave it straight if you wish. Adhere the handle to the inside of your lantern and decorate as desired. I used Lace Doily Motifs #3 around the top edge of the lantern and hung pretty jewel danglers from them!

I used JustRite Papercraft's Always and Forever Medallion Labels for the sentiment and medallions, and once again, I fussy cut around the embossed stamped images, then adhered them to the lantern with 3D Foam Squares. I added a lot of KaiserCraft Pearls for bling and pretty pearl jewel rosettes for the center of the ornate stamped medallions.

Project Recipe:
Paper: DCWV Coral Coutore Collection,  Bazzill Basics Rust Cardstock
Inks: Tsukineko Versamark, White Embossing Powder
Embellishments: Orange Ribbon from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, Beacon Adhesives, KaiserCraft Pearls, 3D Foam Squares, Pearl Rosettes, Jewel Danglers (Green Crystals/Gold Wire/Gold Spacers, Ivory Pearls)


  1. Oh, this is so gorgeous! Love the colors and all the fancy lacy images on it. AWESOME job!!!

  2. Really awesome!! I'd like to have one to use with a tea light... Actually, I'd like several to hang on my covered porch in the evening.

  3. Darsie...this is spectacular. There are so many beautiful details in this unique piece. I can imagine how amazing it would be to have these hanging in multiples!

  4. Very beautiful and I love the idea of hanging several around at night; maybe even under the mantle with those little lights in them. So Romantique! Question I have is how do you attach each triangle to the next to form the whole shape? I just can't figure it out as it would seem you would need to overlap somewhere. Thanks for such a gorgeous project to share.


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