Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Decorative Film Craft Sticks Lantern

 Welcome to the July Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by Erlene @My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you, too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! 

 I have an abundance of craft sticks in my stash and used a few to make a couple of projects that you can see here and here. Did you know you can find just about anything made out of craft sticks. Just look on Pinterest and see all kinds of projects from the very simple to the extremely intricate!  There I saw a few lantern projects that peaked my interest using wax paper, crayons and craft sticks. But I had another idea using clear film that I wanted to try instead.  

I was quite curious to see how it would look if I printed an image in purple onto clear film and attached that to craft stick frames glued together to form a lantern sleeve where I could place different types of lighting for different occasions. 

This type of lantern really didn't take many supplies to create:
  • Clear film sheets
  • Floral pattern
  • Laser printer
  • Jumbo craft sticks
  • DAP RapidFuse adhesive
  • Paper cutting board or scissors
  • LED flame-less candle
And here's how to make one:  First, print an image from here in the style and colors you would like. Download and save the image and then print it out using a laser printer on clear polyester film sheets.

Next, place two craft sticks down vertical on your work surface and glue two more sticks horizontal to form a square shape frame - then, make three more for a total of four frames. Next, measure inside the frame and cut out the printed film sheets slightly larger than the opening.  

Glue film on inside edges of stick squares.

Connect square sides by running a bead of RapidFuse adhesive along the side edge.  Hold in place until sealed together - about 30 seconds.
Make sure the stick placements match on each side when gluing the frames together.

Continue gluing sides together until .  .  .

all four sides are connected. 
Apply additional glue along the inside corners where the sides connect.
 Let dry.

And finally, try out different types of lighting like LED, battery with remote, or flameless candles to highlight the designs.

This looks so cool!

This post contains links to products, if you purchase something after clicking on my link I may earn a small commission to help with my craft expenses (at no extra cost to you).Thank you!

To join next month's #pinterestchallenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ August Pinterest Challenge.

Now let's see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

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Roseann - This Autoimmune Life • Terri - Our Good Life  
Chelc - Inside The Fox Den • Cherryl - Farm Girl Reformed  
Rebecca - Hello Central Avenue • Marie - DIY Adulation 
 Kristie - Teadoddles • Marie - The Inspiration Vault  
Michelle - Our Crafty Mom • Emily - Domestic Deadline 
Alexandra - Eye Love Knots    Sam - Raggedy Bits


  1. Beautiful! It looks so pretty and then adding the light looks so cool. That's awesome how each light highlights it differently! Pinning!

  2. Saving this in my "when I have grandkids" board --- a great and fun project I think to do.

  3. That is beautiful! I love the idea of adding designs to the plastic. Pinned.

  4. Gail, This is a really cool project! Where do you come up with these ideas? Printing a design on the plastic film is a great idea and allows for a lot of creativity in the design and using the craft sticks makes it easy enough for anyone to do. Pinning

  5. I've never seen clear film sheets before. I'm going to have to find some because these look so cool!

  6. Another unique craft from you, Gail! It's pretty and I can see how it could be made for seasonal decor, too. Pinning.

  7. Very pretty and different! will pin

  8. SO PRETTY! Last month, we were looking for inexpensive DIY wedding celebration decorations. Oh, these would have been perfect. So feminine and pretty. Will keep them in mind for next fancy occasion.

  9. What a cute project, I'm kicking myself for not taking my mom's gigantic laser color printer because this would be perfect for that. Sadly I have no space for it. I'll have to see if I can do the same think on inkjet. The pattern options are endless.

  10. This is so pretty. This will work on the patio at night or on the dinner table for lovely ambiance. And everything in between.

  11. This is an awesome project and I really like that the pattern can be customized to suit your decor or the occasion.

  12. This is so cute and so crafty! I love the purple designs! I'm pinning this!

  13. Very beautiful - an inspiration for many ideas! Thanks for sharing with #CCBG

  14. How beautiful!! They must be so pretty twinkling away in any place around your home!

  15. Omgosh, this would be so neat at Christmas with snowflakes printed all over. Seems like I may need to buy a laser printer...lol.

  16. What a fun, simple, and creative way to make a lantern. I love the idea of printing your own image on the clear film!

  17. What a totally cool idea! I never tried printed directly onto the film like that. Very creative!

  18. Beautiful as usual and inventive. Hope you are having a great summer. Your friend Linda @Crafts a la mode

  19. Oh so pretty, such a sweet idea. When the light is on it looks so effective.


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