Our theme for the Iron Craft Challenge this week was SUMMER! This is a big one too because it is the summer contest and the winner gets goodies. I don't really know where my idea came from, but once I heard the challenge I though beach ball paper lanterns. So that's what I did. Come, follow along!
I started with classic balloon paper mache technique. I used mod podge as my paper mache medium; I had never done this before, I just wanted to see what happened.
I started with a white layer and then added colored pieces to form the beach ball look.
After it dried, I removed the balloon. This caused the entire thing to crumple up. I panicked (for a moment) but then realized I just had to put my hand in and pop it back out.
Next, I created little wire hangers by using some bracelet memory wire along with normal wire. I attached the memory wire all along the open end of the lantern and sealed it off with a bit more tissue paper and mod podge.
I used little electric tea lights for these and created little wire "boats" for them. I then hung these in the lanterns. I hung them loosely so they could be taken in and out to light them.
That's it! I do have a a suggestion if you make these yourself. Try using water balloons. I used regular balloons and had to blow them up quite a bit to get a round shape. I had originally planned on making lots of small ones to attach to Christmas lights but ended up making a few large ones instead.