Here is a fantastic DIY project that transforms a simple and inexpensive lighting fixture into a stunning design element for a focal point in a room, or intriguing spot of accent color. Either way, it's a fun project! Follow along with Copic's newest designer, Cheyenne Thayer, in her first DIY for the blog.
The finished flower lantern is an impressive way to add color and light to any room. It's not a complicated project, but it is time consuming! Here are the steps along with photos to show you how you can create one, too!
First fold all 300 coffee filters into quarters. This is where the gloves come in handy—as it works best if you wear gloves while you pull the coffee filters apart and fold them.
Next, grab your Various Ink bottles and squeeze about 10-15 drops of ink into a cup filled about 1/2 inch with WARM water. I used a clear glass to demonstrate how much warm water you should use in your plastic cups.
Dip your folded coffee filters into the warm, dyed water about 1/4 of the way down the center of the coffee filter. Make sure that the edges stay dry to create the ombre effect, or dye your filters completely to get a different look—experiment!
You are looking for a result similar to this close-up shot of a dyed coffee filter. I chose a selection of five Various Ink colors to create the colorful ombre effect of my flower lantern.
Wrap the coffee filter flower around the bottle of Various Ink. Make sure that the center of the coffee filter flower is flat against the bottom of the bottle of Various Ink so that you have a flat surface to work with for the following step. Dip the flat surface of the coffee filter flower on the bottom of the bottle of Various Ink into your Modge Podge or white glue. You don’t need very much glue for this step. Try to add the thinnest layer of glue to the coffee filter flower as possible. Balance your paper lantern on the medium-sized bowl while pressing the glue-saturated side of the coffee filter flower onto the surface of the paper lantern. Hold the coffee filter flower in place for 2-5 seconds. The coffee filter flower should stand on the paper lantern on its own after you release it. Repeat the last step until your paper lantern is completely covered in your coffee filter flowers! Here is my lantern half-completed.
About the Artist Cheyenne is a digital artist who enjoys photography, video production, graphic illustration, and just about anything that involves visual art and computers. She grew up on a farm in Sutter, CA and currently resides in Eugene, OR where she attended the University of Oregon to study Advertising, Communications and Digital Art. Cheyenne loves cruising on her bike around town, playing on her kickball team, cooking new types of food, and Simon & Garfunkel. You can see more of her work at cargocollective.com/cheyennerosa
We hope you enjoyed this impressive DIY tutorial by Cheyenne!