Another simple project to jazz up those boring white Japanese lanterns. These were seen hung in the picture below from the post An Inspirational Workspace.
In case you don’t know, this is how a Japanese lantern looks like!
For this project, I got mesh fabric w/ rosette patterns. Mesh is very forgiving for this project b/c it stretches. Also you need a fabric that doesn’t fray, so mesh was a perfect choice. There should be plenty of mesh patterned fabrics at your local fabric store.
Basic supplies in addition to glue. I used elmers which worked fine for this project. I don’t recommend glue gun b/c you need room to reposition the fabric in case you mess up. This needs to be done prior to the glue drying.
I love this type of tape measure b/c it’s tiny and retracts.
Each lantern is constructed w/ several ‘eye’ shaped patterns. Measure the pattern at several points lengthwise. You are basically copying the pattern onto your fabric. You can also put wax (opaque) paper over the pattern and trace onto the wax paper. Cut out the pattern on the wax paper and use this as a guide to cut the fabric.
Once the pattern is cut out on the fabric, use glue only on the rosette part of the fabric. This part is thicker so the glue doesn’t bleed through the mesh.
Glue onto the lantern and repeat until you cover the entire lantern.
Tape the loose ends into the inner part of the lantern. I used scotch tape so it’s transparent.
Both ends should be neatly tucked and taped. That’s all folks!
To make it even more spectacular, add lights inside the lanterns. You can make several of these in various sizes, hang them at different heights as a dining ‘chandelier’.
Til next post, Kellie.