My latest project was inspired by some of the really cute accessories I saw at Pottery Barn Kids. This item in particular kicked my creativity into high gear.
Isn’t this darling?? It makes me wish my girl was little all over again!
So I decided to make something with the same girly feel to it.
My version is made with coffee filters, watercolors and some green fabric leaves, and this is how I made it.
First I painted the edges of a BUNCH of coffee filters with very watered down red and pink watercolor.
Then I glued them onto a paper lantern I had bought some time ago from the dollar store (part of a birthday decoration) with hot glue.
Once I had it 3/4 of the way full, I hung the lantern.
Now it was time for the leaves. I made my leaves out of a soft green fabric and batting I had left over from blankets I had made for my twin nephews.
Aren’t they precious?? My sister would probably be willing to loan you one right about now…..JUST KIDDING!!
This is how I made the leaves:
I made a leaf pattern from cardboard and cut 8 leaves from the batting. Then I cut the fabric about 1 inch wider all around the batting for each leaf.
Next I cut and folded the edges over the batting like so…
Then I was ready to glue them to the lantern.
I staggered my leaves in two layers.
Once the leaves were glued into place, I made a sleeve for the wire to make a sort of stem.
First I glued the seams down…
Then I folded it over and glued the seams together.
Next I threaded the wire through the sleeve and I tied it at the top with a green ribbon bow to hold it in place.
And this is the finished product. A few of these hanging in the corner of a girly girl bedroom…wouldn’t that be darling?
I really REALLY wish my girl could have stayed little for longer, but my baby is growing up. *sigh* It happens to the best of us I suppose.
Onward to the pre-teen years she goes…… YIKES!!
Well, I hope you enjoyed my project today. Let me know what you think!
Wendy Sue – The Hopewell Homesteader
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