Nov 5, 2018

Christmas Lantern

Hello crafting friends and welcome back to another Dies R Us inspiration post. It's Lena with you today sharing something that I've wanted to do for a while and thought it now the perfect time.  It's a Christmas Lantern. Isn't it pretty?

While I was at Walmart, I saw this pretty lantern and immediately my mind started working. I've wanted to alter a lantern for a long time and this lantern just jumped out at me :-)

I began by taking the four pieces of glass out, cleaning them really well with alcohol and then spraying them with Rustoleum Frosted Glass to give it the frosted look.  Since I wasn't sure how the vinyl would adhere to the frosted surface, I sprayed the glass panels on the inside.

Next came the vinyl cuts to make my scenes.  I had never cut vinyl using dies before, so I was a little apprehensive at first, but after the first cut,  I realised that it was pretty easy, and so the rest of the lantern scenes came together very quickly.
Here are a few more pics showing you all the sides.

And here are a few photos that show the continuation of the scenes.

And lastly here is a photo that shows you what it looks like when lit up.  This particular lantern is actually very cool in that it has a built in timer clock of sorts.  So it goes on for 6 hours and off for 18 hours.  It's just perfect ... it goes on at 6:00 pm and flickers away till midnight.  Then it goes off and comes back on again at 6:00 pm the next day :-)
While I was working on the lantern, the little Christmas decoration it came with fell apart.  So I made my own and attached it with a Christmas tartan ribbon.

Below, you'll find the list of the dies I used with links to the Dies R Us Store for your convenience.
In addition to dies readily available in the US, I also used international dies that only go on sale, Dies R Us Store, every so often.  During these times, you will find dies from companies such as Marianne Designs, Lea'bilities, Joy Crafts and a few others.  The best way to know about these fabulous sales is to subscribe to the Dies R Us Newsletter.  When you go to the store's home page, scroll down to the bottom and there you will find a box where you can enter your email address to be put on their mailing list.

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Well, dear friends that is it from me for today.  I hope I was able to inspire you to use your dies, create a project and come play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for a chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.  Be sure to Follow Us on Facebook too and don't forget that you will find loads of inspiration on our Pinterest Page.

Till next time,
Crafty hugs


  1. OMG this is the most awesome project I've seen in a long time! How clever you are and it turned out BEAUTIFUL! I love it!! I bet it looks amazing where ever you have it displayed. Now you have MY wheels turning ... hmmmm! Thanks for such a fabulous project and inspiration! Well done!

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    1. You did a wonderful job!!!! TFS Carolyn

    2. Lena, this is just so magical! Very creative and beautiful! Great use of these die cuts for something other than a card or LO. Love seeing them used on home decor. Great work!

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous! Very creative to use your dies like that and now I want to make one! Fabulous project!

  4. Thank you so much ladies! I've wanted to make one for a long time, and now it just worked out, especially when I found just the right lantern :-)

  5. Wow! This lantern turned out so fantastic!! Now I want to make one :)

  6. Just gorgeous and such a great idea.

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  8. I'm so in awe of your project! This lantern is fabulous!

  9. Lena, this is fantastic! I am so impressed with this!

  10. Hi Lena. Oh my this is brilliant and it turned out amazing!! Love how you've incorporated all the dies to be the silhouettes in the light! So creative and inspiring!


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