Thursday, February 13, 2020

Photo Lantern

I've been fortunate to do quite a bit of traveling. My most recent trip was to Italy. It was fantastic! I took a lot of great pictures, but they usually stay in the cloud rather than being displayed.
So, I decided to do a project that would let me enjoy some of my favorite photos from my trip.
Converting these photos to black & white made them look like they could've been taken a hundred years ago!

I painted 4 frames using Dixie Belle Paint in the color Caviar then set them aside to dry.
I printed the photos on vellum...
I took the glass out of one of the frames, placed it over the pictures, traced around the glass, then cut over the traced lines.

 Once the frames were dry, I added a line of E6000 glue to the inside lip of the frame.
 I placed the vellum into the frame and then added another line of E6000 to hold the glass in place.

 I left the backs off of the frames & glued the frames together with E6000, then held them in place with painters tape until the glue dried.

 Finally, I placed a candle inside to create the perfect lantern.

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  1. That is so clever. I couldn't imagine what you were going to end up with until you were finished. I kept wondering why you put the glass on the back of the frames! A great idea, though. Much less expensive than something similar you'd buy, plus it has your chosen images. Great project.

  2. Oh this is one of my favorite projects of yours (and you know that's hard because I love everything you do). Featuring when my party opens!

  3. Boy oh boy would I love to make a photo lantern of my one day trip to Ireland or Scotland! This is so cool!

    I'm featuring this cutie in this weekend's DIY Salvaged Junk Project 515. Thanks for linking it up!

  4. What a fabulous idea, I love it! And you're right, those pictures look so vintage (and romantic) in black and white:) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. Pinned! xo Kathleen


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