Photo Lantern

3 Materials
1 Hour

I've been fortunate to do quite a bit of traveling. My most recent trip was to Italy. It was fantastic! I took a lot of great pictures, but they usually stay in the cloud rather than being displayed.So, I decided to do a project that would let me enjoy some of my favorite photos from my trip.


4 frames

Printable Vellum Sheets




Paper Cutter or Scissors

E6000 or Hot Glue

Painters Tape

I removed the backing and the glass from the frames and painted them with Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint in the color Caviar.

While the frames were drying, I printed out a few of my favorite pictures from Italy on vellum. Printing them in black and white made them look as though they could have been taken a hundred years ago.

I placed the glass from one of the frames over the photos and traced around them to make them the size I needed to fit in the frames.

Then I cut just inside the traced lines.

I added E6000 to the inside lip of the frames.

I placed the vellum photos in the frames, them added another row of glue and placed the glass inside the frame.

Placing the glass inside the frame last allows me to add a candle to the lantern when it's completed.

I used E6000 to glue the frames together to form a box, and held them in place with painters tape until the glue dried.

I placed a candle inside and now my travel memories are a unique lantern that is the perfect way to share my favorite photos.

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Dee
    on Feb 16, 2020

    Did I miss something? What, if anything, was used for a base?

    • Em
      30 minutes ago

      The glass is on the INSIDE of the frame with the PAPER showing outside, just opposite of what you would do with a regular picture putting the glass in first then the picture. Thus she added a candle and not worry about the paper catching fire.

  • Maggie Ann
    on Feb 16, 2020

    You are a very talented photographer! Do you sell your photos?

    • Kat
      on Mar 1, 2020

      I agree, I would purchase them also. They are awesome! I love the black & white on vellum. Would you print and sell the same 4 photos in sepia on vellum? Are you SURE Maggie Ann and I couldn't change your mind about it? You ARE a wonderful photographer! But IF you change your mind you all ready have 2 customers in line, right Maggie Ann?

  • Paula P
    on Feb 18, 2020

    Could you put the glass in first to protect your pictures and then use a flameless candle? Would the pictures still show so nicely?

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  • Gerry
    on Mar 8, 2020

    Love this! Definetly going to do this only put a small electric bulb inside, like a Christmas bulb inside rudolf or Santa kind of light! Thank you for sharing this awesome project!

  • Em
    41 minutes ago

    Great idea.

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