Red, White and Blue Lanterns on a Patriotic Mantel

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Welcome to everyone who has stopped by via Sugar Bee Crafts! I am super excited to take part in this fun craft post series that Mandy set up. You definitely need to go and check out the other projects that she has guest posting over there!

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It's been a while since I spruced up my mantel...as in I haven't changed things up since the beginning of the year when I did my Pantone Color of the Year Mantel. It's time for a change, folks, and I thought I'd find a frugal and easy way to dress up the mantel using some wooden stars, washi tape, ribbon and string, and plain old craft paint...and a few candle holders/lanterns.


The process to decorate these candle holders is embarrassingly easy. They have these embossed stars that are made to look like cut glass. I am sure that you could find some 70's era vintage candle holders that would be the same.


I put a small drop of blue or red craft paint in alternating stars. The key is to put as small a drop as possible in, then spread it out with a bent paper clip or something similar. If you make a mistake, you can peel it right off once it's dry...or you can wipe it off with a damp cloth. And that's it for the candle holders.

For the lanterns, simply take washi tape and make a pattern on the lantern. For the white lantern, I made a radial pattern, trimming with some red ribbon. I added some red washi tape to the white vase, too!


To make the blue lantern, I took washi tape and wrapped it around wooden stars.


I then used bakers twine to wrap them around the lantern. I made some extra stars with bakers twine to be a little garland on my mirror.


For the finishing touch, I used a silver star (I used this star's twin for my Patriotic Washi Flower Wreath), and a cool patriotic quote art with origami stars from last year.


And if you want to know where I got all the fun lanterns and candle holders...I got them from Ikea. I think several of them are recent arrivals there.


Enjoy! And thanks for stopping by...Thanks Mandy for hosting this fun celebration!

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