|Finished Snaggletooth Face Lantern|
There are dozens of lantern versions to be found, but I blended two of my favorites to create my own. So, thanks Whiff of Joy Stamps and The Country Chic Cottage for your inspiration.
I began with wooden Dollar Tree trays I had on hand. Many projects start with picture frames; maybe I'll try the picture frame method next time (I'm sure it would be easier).
|I removed the bottom from the Dollar Tree trays |
to get to the frame.
the top of the lantern (preferably one slightly smaller than the other to get the pyramid effect)
|Adding dowels to create corners...connecting the frames|
I measured one of my wood frames to determine what length to cut each dowel. The square dowels I purchased at Lowes were about 24 inches long and, once cut to size, one 24 in. dowel will create 2 corners of the lantern. When measuring to cut the dowel, I discovered that I had a little excess so rather than creating scrap wood, I added it to my length calculation and created a little leg to the lantern. Therefore, I had no excess dowel. Yeah, no waste! You can see the little extra "leg" in the picture to the right.
Next, I used wood glue and attached the square dowels to the frames thereby creating corners. Repeat this process until you have created the body of your lantern (all 4 sides).
Now I cobbled together the top of my lantern using items I had on hand in my various crafting bins. I used a square picture frame painted black as the roof (the glass is still in the frame), stacked on a remnant piece of decorative wood with routed edges, and, finally, a wooden knob. I glued them all together and had a roof for my lantern. I think the decorative knob or handle on the top is the main piece that ultimately makes this a lantern. Otherwise, it just looks like an odd box. I opted to not put a floor/bottom on my lantern, but I might add one later.
For the sides, I used printable vellum. I found an image on a website for free Power Point backgrounds. I liked this picture of an ornery snaggletooth since it fit the seasonal decorations I already had (remember my scare folks?). It took a few test prints on regular paper to get the image the size I needed to fill the lantern panes on each side.
|Ornery Ol' Snaggletooth... his bark|
is worse than his bite.