You know you’re a crafter when you’re scouring the Dollar Stores for all the Christmas items on Halloween morning. Actually, it’s a bit entertaining watching everyone stare. I am there picking through the shelves for Christmas items, and they are grabbing last-minute Halloween stuff. Hey, crafters are gonna craft! If you aren’t 2 holidays ahead of the crowd then you’re missing out on the good stuff! Anyways I am here to share with you my first Christmas craft decoration for the season. Already? I know right! Trust me I am not the only one. But back to the story at hand, last night I made a simple Christmas Lantern from Dollar Store Finds while waiting for the Hubs to get home from work. It’s super easy and can be made for any holiday/season.
Christmas Lantern from Dollar Store Finds
4 – Large Rectangle Photo Frames
1 – 5 x 6 Photo Frame
Little Plastic Shot Glasses (found in the party supply area) shown in image below
Little Plastic Square Dishes (found in the party supply area) shown in image below
1 – Glitter Reindeer
2 – Flower Arrangement Stems
Flameless Candle or Battery Operated Lights
Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
Black Paint and Paint Brush
Christmas Lantern from Dollar Store Finds
Remove the paper and glass from the frames, clean the glass pieces. Add a dab of glue in the corners where the glass meets the frame and put your glass back into the frames. This helps secure the glass into the frames. I didn’t do this step here which made it harder later.
Put glue on the long edge of one of the frames and secure it to the long edge of another frame. Shown in the image above. Continue this process until you have all 4 frames secured together. This will create a rectangular box. Set aside and let’s work on the top.
Remove the plastic wrap, glass piece, and paper from the small frame. Take a piece of the cardboard you removed from the larger frames and lay it under the frame. Trace around the frame giving yourself 2 inches more on each side, then cut that piece out. Next, paint the cardboard piece black and let dry. While it’s drying you’re going to glue the shot glass to the bottom outside of the little square dish. See image below.
Christmas Lantern from Dollar Store Finds – Directions cont.
Add the glass back to the frame, placing a little dab of glue to each corner. Then you’re going to glue the backside of the frame to the painted piece of cardboard. Centering it so that you have equals amounts of cardboard overhang on each side of the frame. Next glue the two plastic pieces to the center of the frame. You’re top should look like the below image. It doesn’t have to look extremely pretty because you’re going to decorate this piece anyways.
Take the flower arrangement pieces and using either wire snippers or scissors and cut the stems off. I took some of my flower pieces apart and glued each piece on separately. This helps the pieces to become better secured to the craft. Arrange the different pieces to cover a good part of the top. Make sure you add some to the clear plastic pieces so they don’t stick out like a sore thumb. See how I did mine in the image below. As you can see I left only a little portion of the plastic shot glass showing.
Christmas Lantern from Dollar Store Finds – Finishing up!
Now we’ve got to work on the bottom for the lantern. Using 3 pieces of the cardboard you took from the frames, glue them together. This will make the piece sturdier. Place your lantern on top of the cardboard and trace around the bottom then cut out the piece. Using your glue gun secure the glitter reindeer to the piece you just cut out, I placed mine in the center toward the front corner.
Turn your lantern over and put glue along the bottom edge. Secure the piece you just added the reindeer to this area, making sure you’ve got the reindeer inside the lantern. Hold in place for a minute then turn it over. Add the fake snow and flameless candle, I had a few pieces from the flower stems so I placed those on the bottom too. Put your top on and there you go you’ve got yourself a beautiful new lantern.
Christmas Lantern from Dollar Store Finds – Cost
It cost me around $11 to get all the supplies needed for this lantern. Next time I make one it will cost less, as I have the pieces for the tops already. I’ll only have to get the frames and the pieces for the decorating. Look around your craft room for supplies you already have on hand.
This can be done for any holiday, the frames can be painted, and you can really go all out and create some beautiful lanterns. Use your imagination get to creating! Stick around you’all I have some big plans for creating Christmas decor from Dollar Store finds.