Fall Lantern

6 Materials
$10
3 Hours
Easy
Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year! Having grown up in South Dakota, and living with 4 seasons for most of my life, I really miss it! I remember the crisp air, chilliness and the smell of not only the outdoors, but of the wonderful baking going on inside the house. I take every opportunity I can to recapture that feeling!
So, when I found this tired old lantern at Goodwill, I just had to have it. (I only paid $3.00 for it because it was half of day, hee hee)I already knew how I was going to transform it into a Fall beauty
First, I removed all of the glass panels and cleaned it up good. It had some melted wax and other dirt on it. I sanded it lightly so the spray paint would adhere.
Then I spray painted the entire lantern with bronze spray paint. Quite an improvement already, but I'm just getting started

I didn't take photos of the next step, but before I replaced the glass panels I decorated each one. On 2 of the panels I decoupaged silk leaves using Mod Podge (You could also use real leaves that have been pressed and dried :) ) On the other 2 panels I glued sticks for tree trunk and branches and then glued glass blobs in various sizes in Fall colors to create the look of a tree in the Fall. I used E6000 glue for these panels.
I put the decorated panels back in the lantern and clipped them into placed with the clips that had held them in place before.
I put the leaf panels opposite of each other and the "tree" panels opposite of each other. I layered the glass blobs a bit to give my "tree" some depth.
I put the candle back inside. You could also use fairy lights, but I like the flicker of a real candle for Fall.
Here is what it looks like lit up  I love the way the Fall colors really come through!
Here's what one of the leaf sides looks like. Love that glow!
Here is the other "tree" side. I miss the 4 seasons, but I have found ways to bring them into my life since I moved to Arizona. I hope you like my little touch of Fall.

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