The Mod Podge maven Amy from Mod Podge Rocks is here to show us how to make a great canvas with a lantern design — a perfect way to celebrate the Chinese Lantern Festival.

Amy writes…

Hi there – it’s Amy from Mod Podge Rocks! If you can’t tell by my blog name, I love Mod Podge. You can do so many things with it! Today I present to you a very easy craft for the kids. They are home for summer, and you need something to do. To show you where my idea came from, let’s start with these paper lantern stickers by Martha Stewart that I recently purchased at Michaels:
When I was younger I loved folding paper, and I realized after seeing these stickers that folding paper is something that pretty much any child can do. Since most of us have huge piles of scrap paper and extra supplies, I thought “folded lanterns!” Here are the supplies you’ll need:
Canvas – I had a spare one with yellow fabric ready to go. You can do this on wood, paper, or any other spare surface you have around the house
Scrap paper – I used five different sheets
Sparkle Mod Podge
Flat paint brush
Black craft paint – I used Apple Barrel Black
Black paint pen
Craft glue
Scissors or craft knife and mat
First cut your papers into the shapes of your lanterns – this is the part that you should do for the children (unless they are older and you can trust them with scissors).

Fold the lanterns! I had so much fun making accordion-style folds. Fold, fold, fold – whee!

Keep folding – here’s a square lantern.
Glue your lanterns down onto your canvas with craft glue.
This is where the Mod Podge comes in – I wanted my lanterns to be sparkly, so I added Sparkle Mod Podge on the top of them. Allow to dry. You can add as many coats for as much sparkle as you want.

Paint the tops and bottoms of the lanterns with black craft paint. Add the hanging strings by making dots with the end of the paint brush, from the top of the canvas to the lantern.

Using a black paint pen, I wrote the phrase “Lucky!” on the bottom of the canvas where I had a hole. It’s that easy! The great thing about this project is that it’s easy, and you can also teach your children a little something about another culture. Check out this link I found on the Chinese Lantern Festival!
Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a great summer vacation. Stop by Mod Podge Rocks! any time for great Mod Podge inspiration and project ideas from around the net.

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  1. These are so cute! I just came across these and the idea will be perfect for bulletin boards at church for this years vacation bible school theme of “pandamania”! We are doing lots of asian decorations and this will tie in great! Thanks for the idea!

  2. I’m going to save this so that my daughters and I can make our own Chinese New Year cards with red lanterns on them – or maybe I’ll buy some Asian inspired paper to use too! Thanks for something fun and easy for us to make together!

  3. nice idea. i will use this to make some garden party invitations.

    thanks for the tutorial. i’m linking.


  4. I love your pretty lanterns, Amy! I had no idea there was such a thing as sparkly Mod Podge. I need to get with the times! Thanks for this!

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