Thursday, June 19, 2014

Boho Chic Lantern

Hi everyone and welcome back to the fun happening here at Altered Pages while we partner up, during the month of June, with Imagine Crafts and Tsukineko.  

Today, I have for you a boho chic diy candle lantern made with products from both Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko and Altered Pages.

For this project I used my StazOn Midis to add color and dimension to various sizes of sheet metal. I also used charms, chain and hand dyed seam binding to create the look I was after.

A very important step in colorizing metal with StazOn
is to always use GlazOn. StazOn...GlazOn. They go together!

Apply your desired color of StazOn ink to the sheet metal remembering to cover the surface with GlazOn after and let each layer dry before moving on to the next.

If you so choose you can easily add your favorite collage images sprayed with Goosebumps to give that embossed and textural look.

Just hole punch and add a jump ring or three to create a unique charm or dangle out of your desired image or images. Goosebumps makes it so fast and easy.

Once I had my sheet metal inked and dried I began wiring up the actual lantern. I started with a glass globe...the kind you can find at your local hardware store. I actually have a few on hand after replacing various light fixtures over the years. I knew these little gems could have a much more posh life than just hanging out with a dated fixture on the back porch. I used a nice chunky silver chain and wired it snug to the globe.  

Next, I created the hanger that my lantern would suspend from using the same chunky chain.

I then created my charms that would dangle and catch the light from the candle inside.
This was for sure the most fun part of this project...wiring all kinds of goodies together creating color and movement. In the next few pictures below
you can see all the fun. You can find all the charmy goodness here.

Then, it was time to attach the charms. One by one I just kept adding.

This is where I added the hand dyed seam binding as well.
To create the hand dyed ribbon I spritzed the ribbon first with water and then with Dylusions Ink in Polished Jade.

In the picture below you can see my new Boho Lantern perched so prettily with all of the embellishments and additions glowing in the candle light.

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StazOn Midi in Blue Hawaii, Emerald City, Citrus Green and Midnight Blue
Ink blushers
Sheet metal in various sizes


  1. WOW... what can I say.... but AWESOME!!!! If you don't have a light fixture mason jars would work!!!

  2. I LOVE this! Would look lovely in the middle of a patio table as well. Would this work with alcohol inks?

  3. OMG, how wonderful! What a great idea to posh up that poor unused globe and make it into something terrific! TFS

  4. What a fun project!!! Awesome job!!! <3

  5. What a great idea for repurposing old light fixture globes...ingenious.

  6. Awesome project! I had one of these pinned to make - I thought it would be fun and you just proved that to be true! Now after seeing yours I REALLY want to make one!

    TFS :)

  7. Love the lantern! Love all the embellishments! Great use of upcycling....keeping it smart and great looking!

  8. Love this Project! Charming piece to add to the deck for an outdoor party! I can see a bunch of these strung all around with citronella candles inside - wonderful job!

  9. Now you've got me wondering if we still have that old jelly jar fixture in a box somewhere!! Great project.

  10. That is so cool! I love that you mostly made all the charms and trinkets yourself!! Superb and unique and wonderful!!!

  11. This is a very interesting project!

  12. Such a wonderful idea, these would look wonderful in a group and I love all your charms.

  13. awesome piece, I am always looking for ideas for reusing jars - this one is perfect, tfs