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« on: November 13, 2012 03:30:57 PM »

Sponsored Project - Holiday Lanterns from ModernGreeting.com Cards



Modern Greetings is gifting each of us 20 free greeting cards with matching envelopes to get us ready for the holidays! Smiley  Choose between smooth, linen or pearlescent finish and hundreds of designs, then customize your holiday cards to make them your own.

ModernGreetings.com is backed by a world-class, award winning printing manufacturer with over 200,000 square feet of space.  They offer full customization of photobooks, greeting cards, invitations, announcements and wedding sets with their custom design tool (which is awesome!).  Order quantities start at just 1 and go up from there, so you can order the exact quantity you desire.



Holiday Lanterns from Recycled Greeting Cards

Designed by sweets4ever

Create these fun and whimsical holiday lanterns by recycling used or leftover greeting cards.  These lanterns were created with actual cards from ModernGreetings.com.  Consider using cards with special inscriptions or personal meanings (such as "Baby's First Christmas") to memorialize them as decorations for years to come.



Materials
  • ModernGreetings.com cards, Christmas/Holiday collection
  • Soup or vegetable can
  • Construction paper
  • Pen
  • Screw driver
  • Hammer or mallet
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tealight
  • Optional: Wire, Pliers, Paint

Steps

1.  Create a template for the design on your can.  Using construction paper, create a template to the size of the can.



2.  Fill can with water and freeze.  Having the can full of ice will help it retain its shape while you are tapping holes into it.

3.  Cut your card to match your template.  My card choice was a little too small for my can, so I'll just put the space toward the back/seam.  Holding the template and card together, punch holes where you would like the holes in your design/on your can.



4.  Attach construction paper template to your [frozen solid] can with tape.

5.  Using a hammer and screwdriver, pierce each hole of the template into the can.  If you are going to hang your lantern, also pierce two holes on opposite sides of the top of the can.



6.  Remove the template, melt the ice and dry the can thoroughly.



If you would like to add color to the inside of your can, paint it now. Smiley

7.  Apply the greeting card shape to the outside of the can.  Be sure to align the holes of the card with the holes in the can, so light can permeate through the holes.  Secure the perimeter and seam of the card with glue.



8.  Optional:  Add a wire hanger to the top of the can.  Decorate with beads, if desired.



9.  Insert a tealight into the can and enjoy the view! Smiley



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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2012 03:51:10 PM »

Such a clever idea! Could even be used other times when outdoor lanterns are used in the garden. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2012 03:52:26 PM »

Such a clever idea! Could even be used other times when outdoor lanterns are used in the garden. Smiley

I was thinking that as well!  They'd be cute on little shepards' hooks along a garden path, I think.
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2012 04:28:21 PM »

Super cute!
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2012 05:21:29 PM »

What a simple craft!  And so easily adaptable.  And pretty.  Now I want to make a bunch and find somewhere to put them all Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2012 05:35:21 PM »

This is such a great idea!
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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2012 06:53:30 PM »

Thanks, guys!  I've since made a few more in different sizes.  I'll snap some photos later this week.  They look really pretty clustered together.
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2012 07:54:02 AM »

What a great idea! I'd love to have these lining my sidewalk on Christmas eve, to greet my guests and so Santa will know where to leave the goodies. Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2012 09:43:36 AM »

What a great idea! I'd love to have these lining my sidewalk on Christmas eve, to greet my guests and so Santa will know where to leave the goodies. Cheesy

Aww, I love that idea.
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2012 01:28:46 PM »

Love these and the variations are infinite.  Wonder if you could use sturdy gift wrap in place of the greeting cards.
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