Project: Floral lanterns
Assorted paper lanterns (we used white globes 6", 8", and 12" in (15.2, 20.3, and 30.5 cm) diameter)
Acrylic paint in off-white (optional)
Tissue paper in assorted shades of pink
Water colour paints in assorted shades of green
Gold sequins or beads
1 If your lanterns are bright white, start by "antiquing" them by painting on a thin wash of off-white paint.
2 While the lanterns are drying, assemble the paper flowers. To make one flower, cut two large petals and two small petals out of tissue paper. Staple the layers together in the center, with the small petals on top. Using your fingers, curl the edges of the petals to "fluff" them up. We used six flowers for the 6" (15.2 cm) lantern, eight flowers for the 8" (20.3 cm) lantern, and twelve flowers for the 12" (30.5 cm) lantern.
3 Glue the flowers to your lantern with craft glue.
4 Using green watercolors, paint a vine and leaves around the lantern, connecting the flowers.
5 Cover the stapled flower centers by gluing sequins or beads to each flower.
Excerpted from French General: Handmade Soirees: Simple Projects for Special Occasions by Kaari Meng. Copyright 2009 by Chronicle Books. Excerpted with permission by Chronicle Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.