Emperor's Landing Butterfly Lantern Instructions Designed by Artbeads
This fun lantern is perfect for warm summer nights relaxing on the back porch or for poolside birthday parties. We decorated ours with butterflies in shades of soft lilac, lime green and blush pink among other colors using matching Swarovski flatbacks and thick scrapbooking paper. Choose your favorite colors and follow any theme you like! Purchase a round paper lantern at any craft or party store to get started.
Step one: Cut your favorite butterfly shapes out of colored paper. Vary the sizes to create more dimension on your lantern. Using Gem-Tac permanent adhesive, glue your flatbacks to the butterflies in a random fashion. Use a jewel setter to help place the flatbacks appropriately.
Step two: Attach your finished butterflies to the lantern with Quick Hold craft adhesive in a decorative pattern across the surface. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Step three: Cut your jewelry wire into three pieces of different length to hang from the bottom of your lantern. We cut ours approximately 10 to 12 inches long. Attach a crimp tube to one end of each strand in order to hold your beads in place. We suggest using 2x2mm crimp tubes. For help using crimp tubes, visit the Handy Tips section of the Learning Center.
String your favorite beads onto the jewelry wire in your chosen pattern and attach each strand to the wire expander on the bottom of the lantern using crimp tubes. Slide a crimp tube onto the wire, loop each open jewelry wire end over the wire expander and crimp it with a crimp tube to hold the wire in place. Randomly glue a few more decorated butterflies to each jewelry strand to create a mobile effect.
View the Adobe® PDF file of the cutouts that you can use for the Butterflies in this design.
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Estimated time: Less than 2 1/2 hours (plus drying time) Difficulty level: Beginner