Wednesday, April 1, 2009

By Lantern Light: A Tutorial

The remaining few days of spring break slipped away too quickly, but thankfully not before I could fill them with enjoyable hours spent crafting and photographing. I think you'll agree that there's something purely enchanting about lights in trees and the quiet cool of dusk in early spring. Such was my inspiration for this DIY tutorial for Decor8 (you can find all the instructions and step by step photos over there). It's a simple project and the basic principle of adhereing printed vellum to glass can be used in a variety of ways - on a votive for example. Just be sure to use battery operated tea lights for safety. Enjoy the photos and head over to Decor8 for instructions on how to make a batch of your own!
"Twilight drops her curtain down and pins it with a star."
L.M. Montgomery

47 comments:

Karolina said...

that project is a wonderful idea. I wish I had the time.. for ow I will enjoy your enchanting photos ;)

lots and lots of sparks
bv

tillytoo9 said...

For what it's worth, the craft store, Michael's, has small lanterns similar to these. They were $1.00. Quality? I don't know. I bought all they had (8).

Livy said...

These are actually from Michael's - but I spray painted them light yellow. They were in the seasonal section at my local store - for only .59 each!

Maggie May said...

I grew up on L.M. Montgomery. Lovely post.

Helen said...

Livy, your posts always make me feel so happy and inspired, and as if all is right in the world. Thanks for that :)

Madeline said...

this is so great. i can't wait to try to make one!!

Vanessa said...

These are lovely!

Pattern and Perspective said...

These are very pretty. Photographs are amazing.

Rebecca said...

So very lovely...we have a tree just a few steps out of the kitchen door. When warmer months come, we hang small lanterns in the tree and keep the door open...this summer we'll have to try to make our own.

The Clever Pup said...

This is a great idea. You could do it with straight siding drinking glasses too.

Great post.

CoCo said...

I CANT WAIT to make these! Thank you Livy for your beautiful idea!

Lisa - Pen & Ink said...

These are so adorable, and the photos are beautiful. I've seen these lanterns at Michaels, perhaps I should pick them up for such a cute project!

I love L.M. Montgomery as well.

javajune said...

What a fantastic spring project. I love little lanterns hanging from the trees-Twinkling magic.
jj

sarah said...

A great idea and pretty photos.

Melissa said...

These are beautiful!

Julie Ann said...

Brilliant. :D Congrats on another wonderful project, Livy. Truly inspiring. :) I'd love to make some soon. And the L.M. Montgomery quote adds to a perfect ending.

Endofmarch said...

gorgeous pictures and project. Thank you for such a beautiful and fun tutorial.
I do love the light at dusk, how it feels and looks and the long shadows it creates.

Have a great day!

MJ

Laura said...

you always put a smile on my face. you must be a fairy!

Gemma Mortlock said...

lovely, pure enchantment in the garden, thank you for cheering up my thursday morning.
x

zabetheli said...

i saw this in an australian movie one time and i haven't forgotten the scene! absolutely beautiful i am definately going to make some of my own!

Black said...

I just love your blog! It's so beautiful, the colors are very light and nice to look at. Good job! :)

L. said...

Wow! your photos are really great! and such a good idea! if someday i could take photos as good as yours...
well, have a good day (you have just made mine a little better)

Mary said...

Very pretty! I love the little lanterns!

LBB said...

Another inspiring tutorial, Livy! Love, love these enchanting photos too...the lanterns on the cake stand ~ brilliant!

please sir said...

Ohh these are so pretty and darling!

July Rose said...

It's such a charming project. I can't wait to try it out. Thank you for sharing.

Alice Sur La Lune said...

This blog is just dreamy! It is just about getting warm enough here in the UK to sit in the garden in the early evening, I will be emailing the link to my sister, a lantern aficionado, who I am sure will enjoy this project!

Ms. Tee said...

These are so lovely! Your photo and blog are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Cynthia said...

Inspiring! Delightful! I'm with "Laura"....I think you must be a little woodland fairy!
Ahhhhhhhhh, L.M. Montgomery! I've been wanting to watch Anne of Green Gables again for such a very long time now!
:^)

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

Livy, once again...just gorgeous. Your blog should be in the Somserset Blog edition magazine! Truly. :)

nancy said...

I love your creative website. Very unique. I love the lantern style. Thanks for sharing. Nancy

oh, hello friend. said...

Livy,

CONGRATS on your post appearing on decor8! that is so exciting! your photos are so lovely, as always!

xo.
danni

blue moss said...

i just found you thru layers of meaning....and your blog is so lovely!!
i love it and am adding it to my blog list now..
all the best michelle

trishiekoh said...

What a clever idea, the lamps look lovely. thanks for sharing!

Roarclothing said...

i love the way that, not only are the lanterns absoloutly beautiful - but the photographs themselfs are lovely too!

positively gorgeous - really :)

http://roarclothing.blogspot.com

jen jafarzadeh said...

I don't know what's prettier — your lanterns or your photos. Both so fantastic! Great idea.

inkcaravan said...

How completely beautiful are they?!! So Midsummer Nights Eve.

Mary said...

Livy, I've awarded you the Lemonade award... check out my blog! Keep up the great work!

Allie said...

I love the symbolism behind lanterns. A guide of sorts, showing you the way. Lovely post!

miliusia said...

these lights look very lovely... i like your blog ;]

meandering pearl said...

what an absolutely exquisite post!!!{as always} :) your photography makes me sigh with enchantment! have a lovely lovely day!!!

hollin kiyomi said...

these are amazing, where did you get the lanterns?

Amy Esther said...

Thank you thank you, these look PERFECT for this weather! Maybe even as a mother's day gift...!!

Alchemy Diva said...

Wow...these are gorgeous. I love em all. Great photos too.

Alchemy Diva said...

Wow...these are absolutely beautiful. I love em and all your pics

Nathan said...

Great tutorial! Can't wait to try these out.

Anonymous said...

great post

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