Sunday, November 24, 2013

Steampunk on Sunday: The Lantern Tutorial

Pretty little glowing lantern

This was inspired by those decorated
glass bottles you see around the 'Net.

Some are really fancy, with 
vintage images, flowers and scraps,
but I wanted one that could be used as a lantern.
or even filled with homemade treats
like this recipe for tiger butter.

You start with a square jar.
This is jam, from the Dollar Tree.
(I've opened it and it's pretty good jam, for a dollar)
Square jars aren't that hard to find
and they're more ecological
than round ones.


Fancy-schmancy resin frames turn up at this time of year
as Christmas tree ornaments.
You may already have one or two.

Dollar stores/pound shops also stock small photo frames.
As long as the frame makes contact with the side of the jar
it's a suitable candidate.

Like this selection, here.

First, remove the card back
on the decoration frames. 
It just peels off.
You can pick at the 
grungy cardboard bits left over.

 take out the back and the glass
on the little photo frames.

You do have E6000 glue, right?
At less than $3 it's probably the most radical thing
to happen in my little crafting life.

Test the frame against the nice, clean, dry jar.

Take note of where the frame touches the jar.
Add the glue to just that area 
where the frame makes contact.

Give it a few seconds to go tacky.
FIRMLY press to the jar,
 and hold.

(Addendum: About hot glue. 
If you check my tutorial
from a broken stemware,
I tried hot glue.
The glass stem shattered...
So, no. No hot glue
on glass)

See me reflected in the frame?

If you want to use the lid, screw it on
and leave it there
for the whole gluing process.

You can also glue the frame on
upside down
with the lid as the base,
for use with battery tea lights
or to build little tableaux.

Keep the jar and frame upright,
as the glue dries,
so that the lantern is stable when it's finished.

And that's it.

You can use tea lights,
real or fake.
 You could put in photographs
or charms or beads.

Or a Christmas tree.

The lantern at work
in Hubby's Steampunk Study.

Shared with
What's it Wednesday


  1. What a wonderful tutorial! I want to try this asap, your decor on this blog inspires me so much, it's amazing!

    1. Oh! Thank you so much! This was one of those ideas I didn't think would work, but now I've made a couple, I'm on the lookout for more frames.

  2. Dig this so much! It's a craft even my inept, maladroit hands might be able to make work! :-) Visiting by was of The Narrator's Study, lovely to meet you!

    1. Thank you very much! It was just one of those fortuitous things, made possible by wandering around the Dollar Tree and pressing frames and jars together for size. (I know the manager. He's very understanding) Thank you, too, for popping over from Mr N's establishment. :)

  3. What a great idea, Rhissanna! I have lots of little frames that would be just perfect for this. Unfortunately, all in storage at the moment ... in with the E6000, I think. I hope I can remember where to find these instructions in six months! ;o)

    1. Lol! Isn't that always the way? I actually had this idea as a little nugget for two years before I was able to bring jar and frames together and do it. Good luck getting the E6000 open if it's been stored. Sometimes I can. Sometimes I'm glued. It's a metaphor for life. As for remembering the tutorial, do you have Pinterest? *flutters lashes* Then it could go viral. Viral!!

    2. Now why didn't I think of that! Pinning right this instant - who'd have ever thought the word viral would have such good connotations!

    3. Heh! And thank you! :) Some glitch on this stupid computer won't let me pin anything, just re-pin from other boards or I'd have put this up myself.

      *Screams out to Hubby "Hey Honey! I've gone viral! I'm a meme!*

  4. I love stuff like this! It looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Mario! There's some really lovely altered bottles out there, but this seemed to be a pretty accessible way of making one, without it taking all day, or needing $18 worth of art supplies.

  5. I need glue! It's one in the morning (my usual 90 minutes nap went on for 5 hours, and of course I can't sleep now) and I need glue to make a lantern!

    1. Which is why Walmart is open 24 hours a day. You can pick up some French vanilla coffee while you're there, too.

  6. FAB! I adore the pictures in your husband's Steampunk study! :)

    1. Thank you! And thank you so much about the Study! There'd be more photos, but I've made it so gothically gloomy in there, it's really hard to get an image. That, and the little brain-in-a-jar always glows.... (I wish I was joking about this...)

  7. This is fantastic!! I am making this, hopefully tomorrow! I have to go shopping! I have to get this glue! I wonder if Michaels has it? This is so cool!! Thanks my friend ;o)

    1. Thank you so much, wonderful Magic Love Crow! The glue should be at Wally World, it's the little frames I'm finding hard to locate this year. I hope you get to make one.

    2. We don't have Wally World??? Hmmmmm.....

    3. You're lucky. Evil, evil people...

    4. Really??? Ok! I will for sure have to check Michaels, because I have my bottle and my item I want to put inside ;o)

    5. Yes, check Michaels. Some places seem to have it in Canada and some don't. :( Bond 527 is another glue that people mention, but apparently it's runnier than E6000. Good luck and I want to see what you make!

  8. You're a genius! I love this and I too would like to make it! If I manage to get it done and post about it, can I link you and this fabulous post? Oh...and E-6000 totally rocks!

    1. Oh, yes indeed, Dani and thank you for asking. It's one of those things that, if you have the pieces, it all comes together pretty quickly, (thanks, obviously, to E6000). I'm hoping to make some more, as fancy gift wrap for Christmas candy. As the glue is on the outside, it doesn't affect the goodies in the jar.

  9. I LOVE this idea, thanks for the tutorial!

    1. Thank you! It hardly counts as a tutorial, as it's just 'glue this to that' , but the end result does look as though you've spent a great deal of care and time. It's more of a cheat, really! I'll be using one of these for the first advent candle, today.


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