Photo Lantern

3 Materials
$10
1 Hour
Easy

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.

Supplies:


4 frames


Printable Vellum Sheets


Printer


Paint


Paintbrush


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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Virginia B
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  • Dee Dee on Feb 16, 2020

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

  • Maggie Ann Maggie Ann on Feb 16, 2020

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

  • Paula P 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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  • Crs Crs on Feb 16, 2021

    EXCELLENT.....SIMPLE, CLEVER, ANYONE CAN DO THIS AND PERSONALIZE THIS!!! ONE OF THE BEST PROJECTS THAT I HAVE SEEN! MANY THANKS!!!


  • Jenny Jenny on Feb 17, 2021

    Used this idea back in 2014 when my daughter got married. Photos from their engagement and solar colour changing lights on each table. The lights were well charged then flipped over so they thought it was dark. Very effective with the lights lowered in the evening.

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