I love Goodwill. It’s like a goldmine with all its discarded goodies. Among these goods was this roughed up lantern. Look at the chipped paint and ugly flowers. Ugh. That has to go.
It’s definitely in rough shape but I knew I could save it, so i bough it… for $2.99! I immediately went to buy spray paint and headed home to beautify it.
Lantern improvement supplies
- paper (optional)
- pencil (optional)
- scissors (optional)
- razor blade (optional)
- spray paint
- old lantern
If you can remove the glass, the first four supplies aren’t necessary.
Step 1: remove or cover the glass
If you’re lucky enough to find a lantern with removable glass, then celebrate and remove it because this project just became a lot easier. I spray painted the outside before I realized I could take the glass out. Duh!
If you can’t remove it, measure it, cut paper to that size and tape it on. You’ll have to repeat this on the inside as well.
Step 2: spray paint the frame
Spray paint your lantern and let it dry.
Flip it and repeat until the whole lantern is covered.
Step 3: remove spray paint from glass
If you get spray paint on the glass, don’t worry! It comes off. Get yourself a razor blade, hold it at a 45 degree angle and, with light pressure, scrape away the paint. Be careful not to scratch it.
You might want to clean the glass before decorating it.
Since it’s fall, I added some craft pinecones and turned on my flameless tea light. It’s beautiful!
Don’t pass up the “junk” in thrift stores. There’s a lot of value in the old and unfinished. Sometimes you have to rummage for them, but they’re there.
Happy crafting, and upcycling!
I usually post a single DIY project every Monday. But, sometimes you just need ideas. A compilation of DIYs to get your inspiration flowing. Today, that inspiration is jewelry projects, earrings to be more specific.
Over the course of the past 6 years, I’ve made a bunch of my own earrings. Here are my favorites, that I still wear, by the way!
Gemstone Bar Earrings
These are my second favorite pair of earrings. They’re colorful but subtle, and match with most of my wardrobe. These are easy and cheap to make. Much better than buying them in a store. Follow this tutorial to make your own.
DIY Paper Beaded Earrings
If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you probably know that I’m a big fan of recycling and upcycling. Earrings are no exception. A friend taught me how to make these a long time ago and this was my first attempt. Even though I don’t wear these as much (because I don’t have that much pink clothing, surprisingly), I like them a lot! They’re lightweight, fun and colorful. What more could you want? Make your own paper beaded earrings.
DIY Wire Wrapped Swirl Earrings
This is, by far, my favorite pair of earrings. They’re fanciful, dangly, and go with everything, even combat boots. They aren’t colorful, but I love them and can wear them often. Want to give it a shot? Get a thing-a-ma-jig and follow this tutorial.
DIY Black Pearl Wire Wrapped Earrings
These are my second favorite pair of homemade earrings. They go with everything and I wear them often. This is another project you’ll need a thing-a-ma-jig for, but the cost is worth it. Make your own.
DIY Stacked Beaded Earrings
These are great because they’re lightly colored, light weight and somewhat elegant. They could be worn with a formal dress or with a business casual outfit. These are quick to make you’ll have your own pair in less than 15 minutes.