It’s Ruchi again sharing with you my latest creation. I was so fascinated with the gorgeous flowers in my DT pack that I had to create something with them. The colors and shapes of all Little Birdie flowers are just out of the world. Beautiful…beautiful and beautiful…I have no other word for them!
I decided to alter a metal lantern from my stash. It was passed on to me by my Mom. It was quite worn out and she thought I would surely do a makeover. It was with me for quite sometime and when I saw the flowers in my kit, I immediately decided to use them on the lantern in shabby chic style.
Project :Shabby Chic Altered Lantern
Process :Step by Step
Step 1: I have used an old lantern for this makeover but you can use any. I sanded and cleaned it first and then used a masking tape to protect the glass panels. After this I used Mixed Media Paste – Slate and mixed some mixed media stones and applied that on the surface of the lantern. After this, I used sand, mixed with the same paste to give it a lighter texture. Then I let everything dry overnight. You can also heat set it, if you want to do it in a jiffy.
Step 2 : Coloring :As I had done the base coat with slate color, I decided to use chalk paints to color (colors listed below). Also I used some Little Birdie Color Splash sprays to add depth to the colors. Once I was satisfied with the colors, I did dry brushing with white gesso on all the raised textures to achieve a shabby chic style.
Step 3: Glass Panels: After the colors dried, I took off the masking tape and decided to give the clear glass panel a frosted look. For the same, I mixed gel medium and Color Splash spray then used it with a dabbing technique from thee inside part of the glass. Once that was dry, I gave it a coat of Little Birdie Sparkle Paste to add shine to the panels.
Step 4: Assembly of flowers on the Lantern: Once all the coloring and frosting dried, I moved on to assemble the flowers. It was so much fun putting together all the flowers on the project. So much variety, so many packs! I used a strong flower making wire which came with one of the flower packs as a base and pasted the flowers and other elements using a glue gun. I am very happy with how the lantern looked and hope I am able to inspire you to give the flowers a try. Enjoy creating your own….
List of supplies used for this project:
Loads of other assorted flowers from Little Birdie used.
Thanks for being here,