Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Valentine's Lanterns


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Products in this post were provided to me. Project and opinions are mine.

Yikes. How is it almost Valentine's Day already?  Time to get busy with some new decorations right? Fortunately I get to work with Oriental Trading Company and with their selection of  decor and craft items, was able to come up with some new  pieces I now have up not only for Valentine's Day  but as part of my decor all year round! 

Since I tend towards neutrals and metallics, I fell in love ( no pun intended) with these silver metal lanterns. I decided I'd make some altered candles to put inside them but since I knew I wouldn't light them, I chose battery operated flameless candles. They look great lit or unlit and no risk of burning down the house! 


Never one to leave anything plain, I used a Love Letter background stamp to make candle wraps for the candles. 


I stamped on plain white cardstock then tore the edges and went over with a metallic gold rub-on to give them an aged look. Adhered them to the candles with a strong double sided tape. 


Still not content to leave my candlewraps alone, I cut a couple of hearts from some scrap glitter vinyl. And of course, STILL not content, had to embellish some more! What goes better with hearts than more hearts and keys? 


I adhered the large keys with foam dots,  wrapped gold and white Baker's twine around each candle a few times  ( this also keeps the keys in place) and finished with heart charms and a rolled paper rose made w/ scraps from my stamped candlewraps. We makers don't wastestuff  do we?!


Once my candles were done, of course I needed to add some embellishments to the lanterns themselves. Using scrap glitter paper , more Baker's twine,  charms , and paper roses did the trick! 




When lit, the candles give of a calming soft glow. I miss just sitting and looking at the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree. I think I've found a solution! 

Supplies Used ( unless otherwise stated all are from Oriental Trading Co) 
  • Metal Lanterns
  • Flameless Candles
  • Heart and Key Charms
  • Gold and White Baker's Twine
  • White Scrapbook Paper
  • Love Letter Background Stamp
  • Gold metallic rub on (my stash)
  • Strong double sided tape ( my stash) 
Happy (almost) Love Month!!









15 comments:

Artsy VaVa said...

So pretty! I love that you didn't use the traditional red or pink.

Michelle L. said...

These are so original! Carol to the core!

Marcie Cheung said...

I love this! I'm a big fan of Oriental Trading Co for their price but you've made their products look very chic and expensive! Way to go!

Emma Cortes said...

I love love these candles put together! They're really unique Valentine's Day decor. Thanks for sharing!

xo, emma
www.emmasedition.com

Kileen Shaughnessy said...

You had me at lantern and then you elevated it so beautifully. Thank you for linking up!

My thrift store addiction said...

Carol, these are so pretty! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Love, love, love this Carol! The vintage stamp gives it just the right touch. Thank for sharing at Vintage Charm my friend! xoKathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

Tianna Sicilia said...

these are so cute for V-Day and late winter!

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