Projects so far

Saturday, 13 August 2011

32nd project completed - A beautiful garden light

The weather has been so warm here for the last few weeks we have been eating a few meals outside. What we don't have are any night lights to light up the garden. So I thought I would try making some. This one was based on a Tiffany style lampshade that I own, covered in dragonflies it is colourful and so on trend at the moment and is designed to hang outside.

Here it is....

A dragonfly night light

Materials needed

  • An old jam jar
  • tissue paper in assorted colours
  • PVA glue
  • Varnish
  • Beading wire
  • A few beads
  • China-graph pencil / permanent pen 
  • Black permanent marker pen

1. Remove the label from the jam jar and clean thoroughly. 
2. Draw out your dragonflies around the base of the jar using the china-graph pencil / permanent pen

2. Paint a layer of PVA glue all over the jar and start laying down layers of torn tissue paper to make a background leaving the areas where you have marked out the dragonflies.

3. Once completely covered, allow to dry then fill in the dragonflies. Allow to dry
4. Add details such as wing markings with a black permanent marker.
5. Add a couple of coats of varnish to weather-proof your creation.

6. Twist a couple of pieces of wire together and incorporate some beads to make a hanging handle.

7. Twist a length of wire around the jar and hook the handle to it. Place a tea-light inside, light and hang up. Please take care when handling the jar whilst and after the tea-light has been lit the glass of the jar will become hot when in use.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very very pretty. I've been looking for a project to do with seniors and a modified version of this should work out great. Thanks.