Create Texture With This Butterfly Lantern DIY


Hi everyone!  It's Jan here today sharing with you, my rusty version of the Lori Whitlock Butterfly Lantern. I love the rusted metal look and I've noticed quite a few projects out there lately with new rust effect products.


Using my Sizzix Lori Whitlock Butterfly Lantern Thinlits set and thin chipboard, I die cut four lantern sides and one handle.  My Sizzix sandwich for die-cutting these thinlits dies in my Big Shot machine was; Magnetic Platform,  Standard Cutting Pad, paper, Thinlits die (cutting side facing down), and cutting pad.


After die-cutting my four pieces, I adhered the middle of the sections together with adhesive.  There's also instructions to help you on the back of the photo packaging.  Crease along all the fold lines.


Adhere the tops of each side together so your lantern looks like this.


Fold the bottom of each piece in and adhere them together.  Now you are ready to paint.


When using raw chipboard, I usually gesso my piece first before painting.  This primes your object for painting.  I used black gesso for this piece, as my lantern is on the darker side.


I also die-cut the butterflies and greenery included in this Thinlits set, from chipboard and then painted with the black gesso.


Once all my pieces were gessoed, I applied the first rust coat using Prima's Rust Effect paste set.  This first layer is a dark brown paste which I apply a little thicker for more texture.  Let this dry before applying the next coat.


The next coat is the orange paste.  This is applied lightly so it just paints a few random areas. Let this dry.


My last coat of paste is the yellow.  This is also lightly painted on the raised areas.  If you find you have too much of the orange or yellow in spots, just reapply a bit of brown on top until you're happy with the colour.


After all the pieces dried, two of the butterflies were attached together with brads.  The flower greenery pieces were also attached together by a brad.  A metal arrow was attached to the other butterfly with a brad.  These were attached to the lantern with fine wire.  It's amazing how different these pieces look when you give them the "rust treatment"!  I think I'm going to make some rusty 3-d flowers to go along with my lantern.

Thanks for stopping by,



Other Materials Used:

  • Thin Chipboard
  • Double-sided adhesive,
  • Gesso
  • Prima's Rust Effects Texture Paste,
  • Paint brush,
  • Tim Holtz brads and arrow,
  • Thin wire

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