Shabby Chic Altered Lantern

Hi friends,

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,

Happy crafting

Ruchi Gupta

“You & Me” Scrapbook Layout

Hi there dear Creatives!

Ezme Hartman here! I’m honoured to be back again on the Little Birdie Design Team for 2019, and very excited to be working with these super talented designers.

Thank you for all your support and comments, I really appreciate it.

I LOVE creating scrapbook pages and decided on a single page, mixed media layout for my first project. I wanted to use as much of the awesome Little Birdie products as possible!

“You & Me”

To create the background of the layout, I used the  Amor Mio paper collection. I cut the pattern paper with the flowers in half and fussy cut the flowers on the piece that I didn’t use. I stencilled with LB Mixed Media Paste and the Script Design stencil randomly across the page after I adhered the piece with the flowers on the “leaves” patterned paper.

To add more texture and interest, I sprayed Mocha Color Splash and stencilled with the Silver Sage Sparkle Paste and the spotty stencil. I also splattered with the Mocha Color Splash and diluted Tinted Metallic paint: Golden Plum.

I absolutely adore the delicate Primed Chipboard- Grass! I just had to used it on this layout! To colour it, I used the Metallic Wax Amber Gold.

To complete the layout, I matte my photograph on a piece of the packaging. The colour matched perfectly. I layered a piece of LB cheesecloth behind the photographs and adhered it to the background. I embellished with flowers: Fairy Garden Amor Mio and Cornelia Grey, and some lace flowers. The sentiment is from  “Expressions: Made for each other”. Here are a few close up photos .

I hope you found some creative inspiration here and that you will try out some of these amazing Little Birdie products. Thank you for stopping by.

Happy crafting!

Little Birdie Products used:

  • Amor Mio Patterned Paper Pack
  • Mixed Media Paste
  • Script Design Stencil
  • Mocha Color Splash
  • Silver Sage Sparkle Paste
  • Spotty Stencil
  • Metallic Wax
  • Primed Chipboard : Grass
  • Tinted Metallic Paint: Golden Plum
  • Expressions Sentiments: Made for each other
  • Little Birdie Cheesecloth
  • Little Birdie Soft Gel