Thursday, July 30, 2009

diy tealight lanterns

DIY: Tea Light Lanterns

These personalized lanterns will add a romantic touch to your wedding. Learn how to make them here! (expert advice)

DIY: Tea Light Lanterns article photo

Tea light lanterns add a romantic and magical glow to weddings. Learn how to make these personalized versions in just several easy steps!

Supplies for each lantern:

a. Battery operated tea light, do not use conventional tea lights (app. $1 each)
b. 2 brads ($3.00 for 100)
c. Ribbon, several inches in length
d. Strip of vellum 2.5" by 5.25"; trim one of the long sides with decorative scissors if desired ($10.00 for 50 sheets - each sheet will easily make 5 lanterns)
e. Double stick tape

Supplies for optional embellishments:
f. Needle and thread
g. Paper flowers
h. Pin
i. Printed lette

Basic Directions:
1. Wrap strip of vellum around battery operated tea light, adhering with double stick tape.
2. Using brads attach length of ribbon to "lantern" to form a handle from which to hang.

Optional Embellishments:
Pinhole Monogram: Before assembling lantern, use a pin and a printed letter as a guide to punch a monogram in the vellum strip.
Flowered handle: After the lantern is assembled use a needle and thread to tack paper flowers to ribbon handle.