Not too long ago I shared with you that my art class was making lanterns out of wide mouth quart canning jars. (See post here Living with Art – Painting on Glass) Today I would like to share a pattern with you so that you can make your own lanterns and more.
Slip a palm tree pattern into your jar to use as a guide when painting. The pattern is sized to fit into a wide mouth quart canning jar (I bought mine at Michaels). You can resize the pattern to fit your container. Palm Tree Lantern Pattern (PDF)
I began painting with DecoArt Gloss Enamels. Note: following manufacturer guidelines for prepping surface.
I painted the trunks Honey Brown, the palms Foliage Green, and the rim of the jar Bright Orange. I allowed it to thoroughly dry and then gave the trunk and rim a second coat. I then floated on one side of the trunk and made cross lines with Dark Chocolate. For the second coat on the palms I used Citron Green and Festive Green. On the rim I put Royal Fuchsia checks and a wavy Desert Turquoise line around the bottom. I used a dabbler and White for the dots.
Once the lanterns were done I made a handle out of two pieces of wire. To make the handle follow these instructions:
- Cut two pieces of wire about 8” longer than distance around rim. Place wire at right angle to each other with one piece on outside.
- With 4” of wire extended beyond inside wire, wrap outside wire twice around inside wire on both sides.
- Place inside wire under rim of jar, and pull tight. Twist to secure.
- If desired, place beads or bells on end of wires. Fold all wires over with needle nose pliers. Wrap wire around paint brush handle to curl.
I also made coordinating glasses and a tray. I used the same colors for the glasses and on the tray I used coordinating DecoArt Americana colors. Here is the pattern for the glasses Palm Tree Glasses Pattern (PDF) I used the same pattern for the palms on the tray. Remember to heat set your drinking glasses and hand wash.
The lanterns can be fun to hang in a tree. You can use a little sand and a votive in the bottom or battery operated candles. Here are my lanterns flickering in the trees. I love that you can hear the birds in the background.
I hope that you will enjoy painting these palm tree lanterns. Let me know some of the creative ways that you use it.