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Stained Glass Perdition from Beyond the Grave! (...does that make any sense?)
So, once again, I didn't learn my lesson from shopping at thrift stores: if you see something interesting - even if it's only vaguely interesting at the time - GET IT REGARDLESS (it'll be cheap anyway). Case and point: I've been seeing this cute, little Halloween themed candle lantern that I thought was cool, but recanted by saying that I wouldn't need it in my room. Later, I came to the conclusion that I needed a spooky mini graveyard centerpiece in my bedroom, and I knew just the centerfold for the scene. And of course, it wasn't at the Salvation Army anymore. :( But there were two other plain silver lanterns on the shelf for me.... So I had to give it my best shot. Here is how I did it.

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  • How to make a decorative light. Purple Poe Lantern - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, I gave the lantern a new coat of paint. I used a glossy black.

  • How to make a decorative light. Purple Poe Lantern - Step 2
    Step 2

    Get some tissue paper of your choosing and cut them into small square-ish pieces. I used purple because that's what the original color of the pane glass on the source lantern was (as was the black finish).

  • How to make a decorative light. Purple Poe Lantern - Step 3
    Step 3

    After you get your pieces cut out and lantern painted, get a brush and start painting the paper Mod Podge onto the glass panes. If you don't have Paper Mod Podge, then just dilute some regular crafting paint with some water. Carefully lay the pieces of tissue paper onto glue flat. Don't worry if the pieces overlap. That's the best part! After your done, let it dry.

  • How to make a decorative light. Purple Poe Lantern - Step 4
    Step 4

    After allowing the tissue paper to dry, use some more of the Mod Podge to seal and smooth the top. Let it dry.

  • How to make a decorative light. Purple Poe Lantern - Step 5
    Step 5

    After drying it again, you're done! Doesn't the eerie glow sooth your troubled soul in the dark? Wondering why I named this a poe lantern? No, it doesn't have to do with our favorite troubled dark Romantic poet. It's more of a Legend of Zelda reference (you know, the poes! Ohhhhhhhh! So you can use it for cosplay now!). But you can do whatever with it. You can make more of a stained glass appeal to it by using mixed up colors and what not. The rest is yours. ;)

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Queen of the Sidhe
Queen of the Sidhe · Tacoma, Washington, US · 119 projects
Thanks for this fab idea! Happy While I couldn't find the same style of lantern, I was able to find another vintage one at a thrift store. I changed my version up just a bit so it wouldn't be an exact copy of yours. Happy
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