Hello everyone! Aren't the colors of fall just beautiful?
Our autumn passes pretty quickly so I try to enjoy it
as much as I can before it is all covered in snow. The
golden yellow aspens and ruby maples inspired the
idea and colors for this lantern project that I created
with supplies from Martha Stewart Crafts.
Not too long ago I received a very generous box of
supplies featuring the new glass paint line and gobs
of stencils and silkscreens. Believe me, there is no better
gift for a crafter than a box of craft supplies! I had a lot
of fun trying out the glass paint with the stencils and
silkscreens which was a first for me. The system is
ingenious and it is so simple to get really beautiful
results even for a beginner.
The stencils and silkscreens have a reuseable adhesive
backing so you can just stick them on whatever you want
to customize, then paint, peel, wash, and use again.
I have had new purpose in my thrift store outings
looking for glass and ceramic ware!
One of the items I received was paintable plastic!
I thought this was the most child-friendly item and came
up with this simple Splat O'Lantern for you and your kids
to enjoy making together! The ones above were made
by my nephew, and my sons and I.
The painting is done on a flat surface and once they're
dry you roll them into a tube to make a beautiful lantern!
You can also slip them over a glass jar for a pretty vase!
You don't have to use this splatter method, of course,
but it works well for kids of all ages, and kids who
are not confident in their artistic skills.
- Martha Stewart Crafts paintable plastic
- Martha Stewart Crafts natural bristle brushes
- Martha Stewart Crafts acrylic multi-surface
paint in fall colors
-glue dots (not pictured)
- battery operated tea light*
Martha Stewart Crafts coarse glitter paint (optional)
Martha Stewart Crafts glass patterning tape (optional)
1. Cover your surface with newspaper and cover any
clothing you don't want to be splattered with paint.
2. Use a full size plastic sheet (8" x 10") for a tall
lantern or cut the plastic sheet in half vertically
for a smaller lantern.
3. Place a bit of each paint color onto a non-porous
surface. I covered a paper plate with plastic wrap.
4. Wet your paint brush and mix a bit of the water into
the paint so it is thin enough for splattering.
5. Fill your brush with watered down paint. Holding
your brush firmly with one hand, use a finger of your
other hand to tap on the brush so the paint pops off
the brush onto your plastic sheet. By holding the brush
just above the surface of the plastic you can eliminate
some excess splatter.
6. Continue adding colors until you are satisfied
with how it looks. If you want to add some
glitter paint, do this last.
Let it dry.
7. Curl the plastic sheet into a tube, overlap the
edges and stick together with glue dots.
You can use clothespins to help hold it together
until the glue dots take over
*Use only battery operated tea lights
because heat from a real candle will melt the plastic!
Besides a lantern or a vase, they also look pretty
standing all by themselves or stuck flat to
a window as a sun catcher.
Variation: For the pumpkin, cut out shapes from
the glass patterning tape and use as a mask
Take a look at some more Martha Stewart Crafts ideas!
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and Blueprint Social. The ideas and opinions
in this post are my own.