Flower Covered Paper Lantern

Ring in spring with a flower covered paper lantern!

You  know that saying April showers bring May flowers, right? Well it hasn’t been all that rainy where I’m at but I’m hearing about awful flooding and rain for, like, ever and ever and it sounds awful and scary. I don’t know if there is such a thing as too much rain as far as flowers and stuff go (grass it seems will just keep growing and growing until you practically need to get a machete out!) but hopefully we can get some pretty flowers out of all the rain, right?

Ring in spring with a flower covered paper lantern!

Because my office decor is growing and growing I decided that I wanted something to hang nearer the ceiling. Now I purposefully chose these not so pretty green flowers for about a buck a bunch from Walmart thinking that they’d never sell out because there were far prettier flowers there and a TON of these green ones. As it turns out, I was wrong. Apparently everybody around here decided to buy them up and so when I ran out and then went to 4 or 5 stores I had to admit defeat and finish this puppy up with a different colored flower of the same design (kind of white/peach which they still had TONS of by the by).

Ring in spring with a flower covered paper lantern!

So the this small section on the back of my flower paper lantern doesn’t match the rest of it and I’m considering maybe painting it, but now that kind of ugly green has grown on me. What’s a girl to do? I can tell you, buy more than you think you need from the get go and return what you don’t use. That’s a crafty tip you can take to the bank right there!

For this project you will need:

  • 10-20 stems of faux flowers
  • paper lantern
  • hot glue gun
  • something metal

Ring in spring with a flower covered paper lantern!

Put together your paper lantern as package directions state. I bought a set of 3 from Hobby Lobby and this is the medium sized one. I initially did the smallest but I was placing my flowers to close together so I started over, only to put my flowers too close together yet again! Whoops!

Ring in spring with a flower covered paper lantern!

 

Take apart the flowers of a few bunches of a time, separating the petals and tossing the plastic bits.

Ring in spring with a flower covered paper lantern!

You can keep the stems for future projects. They’re perfect for homemade paper flowers!

Ring in spring with a flower covered paper lantern!

Squeeze a small dab of hot glue direction onto the paper. Using something metal, like a crochet hook, press the petal into the glue until it begins to set. Using a metal item will keep the glue from setting up easily as hot glue doesn’t bind well to metal. After some time it will eventually begin to build up and you’ll need to clean it off but it’s a lot better than, say, a wooden skewer.

Continue adding the flowers around and around until the entire piece is covered. In truth you can space the petals out fairly well, and I started off pretty good in the beginning but I eventually started jamming those suckers together. This made my lantern very heavy with the extra flowers and especially the extra glue, I used far more than I really should have making it cost more than I had planned and it’s kind of overly full after I’ve had it hanging around for a while. I’d really recommend doing your best to space them out like in the pic above instead of how I finished  mine up.

Ring in spring with a flower covered paper lantern!

Now to be honest my lantern doesn’t spin much so I haven’t really seen the apricot patch very often so it isn’t a huge deal for me. It is quite fluffy and I do love hanging in the corner of my office, though. It looks like some jumbo flower thingie and it’s dang fun!

Ring in spring with a flower covered paper lantern!

And it adds some texture to my gallery wall I’m working on! Whether you choose daisies or roses or the cheap flowers like I did, this is a sure way to get those May flowers!