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Creativity: Paper Lantern Style

September 2, 2011

Even before our visit to the San Diego Lantern Festival, I was in awe of a “do-it-yourself” gorgeous Asian paper lantern craft I found on Pinterest. My mouth dropped when I spotted this — so beautiful and something Sophie and I would LOVE doing. So we gathered our craft supplies and embarked on this activity during my recent stay-cation.

To make the Asian lantern, I used a $5 Ikea pendant lampshade (it’s huge, by the way), two packages of jumbo cocktail drink umbrellas (Party City), and glue … LOTS of glue.

We started with the lampshade.

Then opened all the umbrellas.

What’s a project without some umbrella humor?

Then it was time to stick the umbrellas into the lampshade (use glue to attach — I’ll explain later).

And keep sticking…

And keep sticking (I told you it’s huge)…

Now at this point in the craft, the umbrellas started falling out and I began wondering how to salvage this activity.  I thought of glue, but wasn’t sure how we’d individually attach every umbrella. Sophie suggested painting it on. Brilliant! I dumped some Elmer’s white glue into a plastic container; gave her a brush; and she covered that lampshade with glue. I recommend doing this before you even start the umbrella part.

And then, eventually, you’re done!

Isn’t it pretty? I love the color. We hung ours from the backyard porch.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2011 2:38 am

    Very Cute !

  2. September 2, 2011 2:39 am

    This project makes me even more super envious that you have fun, cute Sophie to do projects with! This is exactly the kind of project my college-age daughter would probably STILL do together! What fun!

  3. September 2, 2011 3:21 am

    Yes, enjoy the time to do these sorts of activities. It goes so fast. Lovely photos.

  4. September 2, 2011 5:22 am

    That turned out beautifully!

  5. September 2, 2011 6:33 am

    That’s awesome! I love how engaged Sophie is with the project! I could never get into arts and crafts, even at that young of age. Super cute!

  6. September 2, 2011 7:12 am

    Gorgeous! And I love what a great problem solver Sophie is. Brilliant, indeed!

  7. September 2, 2011 8:52 am

    beautiful!! this may come in handy this long weekend when I need things to keep the kids busy 🙂

  8. September 2, 2011 9:19 am

    What a FUN idea! Thanks for sharing, Leah and Sophie!

  9. September 2, 2011 11:22 am

    Cute! The lantern and Sophie both.

  10. September 2, 2011 12:45 pm

    Your daughter is the happiest child!!!!

  11. September 2, 2011 5:05 pm

    This looks like a fun project Leah and so cool hanging on the back porch! I love all the bright colours. Have a great weekend…

  12. September 2, 2011 10:21 pm

    Leah – that’s great! Sophie is so adorable… I could see a bunch of these on a deck for a evening cook out! Of course, my house it’s strictly the bbq and lawn chairs, but what the heck…it’s still a bbq!

  13. September 3, 2011 4:27 am

    Sophie did wonderful job! That’s the prettiest lantern I’ve ever seen. 🙂

  14. September 5, 2011 6:31 am

    Leah, I think the umbrella lantern is just beautiful! I love the shot of Sophie of “umbrella humor!” She’s so cute! This type of activity brings to mind the many arts and crafts activities I used to enjoy with my children. How I miss them! Thank you for sharing this wonderful project with us!

  15. September 5, 2011 9:47 pm

    that is SOOOO cool! we are going to do this soon!

  16. September 20, 2011 8:26 am

    Wow, I have never even thought of that idea! Thanks for sharing!


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