Supplies you will need:
- scrap pieces of material
- ModgePodge (Matte or Gloss)
- paint brush
- container for water
- some type of protective sheet to place on your work surface to minimize mess (newspaper, tablecloth, painters sheet plastic, etc.)
1.) Prepare your work station…lay down some newspaper or tablecloth so you don’t get your table all messy. Grab a small container to pour some ModgePodge into. Add some water to your container of ModgePodge and stir it thoroughly. Have your material scraps nearby, and a paintbrush within reach.
If you do not have smaller size pieces of material scraps, I would suggest cutting them before you start. So much harder to do once your hands start getting glue on them.
2.) Inflate a balloon to the desired size and shape you want your lantern/bunting to be. Find a cup or small bowl you can set the balloon on top of to keep it from rolling around.
3.) Brush a layer of ModgePodge on balloon before placing the fabric to help it stick better. Then brush a layer on top of the fabric too. Keep adding scraps to your balloon until the entire thing is covered. Give it one last layer of ModgePodge before you set to dry.
4.) Grab a small piece of string to tie to the end of your balloon and attach it to something to hang and allow to dry. I tied mine to our tree. You will need to let this dry for two to three days.
5.) Once your masterpiece is dry, take it down from its hanging place so we can remove the balloon inside.
Use something to pop or slice the balloon to let the air out. Your creation is going to cave in, but don’t stress, we will correct this using another balloon. You can use your fingers or tweezers to pull the popped balloon out of the fabric lantern.
Once this is removed, grab another balloon. Insert the body of the new balloon, then blow it up (but don’t tie it) to push out the deflated shape. It will regain its beautiful round shape.
What to do with the final creation:
My favorite things to do with these scrap material lanterns are…
- insert an electric tealight to create a cool lantern
- string more than one lantern together to create a beautiful bunting for parties or home decoration.
- Use as a centerpiece for your table
- hang from your ceiling fan for decoration
Now you know one way to use up your scrap material to make gorgeous vintage looking decor. If you are looking to buy some scraps, I will leave a link to my favorite Etsy shop for fabric scrap bundles…Little Moose Fabrics.