Stars N Stripes Lanterns

Back in 2013, I designed a seamless Stars N Stripes tile based on a tiny piece of a 1890 fabric:

Wings of Whimsy: Stars N Stripes - Seamless Tile - free for personal use

Back then I used my seamless tile to designe papers, pyramid gift boxes and even a PARTY garland:

Wings of Whimsy: Stars N Stripes - Printable Paper - free for personal use

Stars N Stripes – Printable Paper 1

Wings of Whimsy: Stars N Stripes - Printable Paper - free for personal use

Stars N Stripes – Printable Paper 2

Wings of Whimsy: Stars N Stripes - Printable Paper - free for personal use

Stars N Stripes – Printable Paper 3

Wings of Whimsy: Stars N Stripes Pyramid Gift Boxes - free printables for personal use

Stars N Stripes – Pyramid Gift Boxes

Wings of Whimsy: Stars N Stripes PARTY Bunting - free for personal use

Stars N Stripes – PARTY Bunting

My Stars N Stripes designs have remained very popular ever since, so for revamping my deck, of course I had to once more “borrow a holiday” (I’m Norwegian, living in Norway…) and deck the deck for 4th of July:
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Here is one last picture, shortly before midnight last night, and me going to bed:Wings of Whimsy: Stars N Stripes Lanterns #vintage #printable #freebie #diy #american #4th #july #lanternLuckily, with all the cold rain last night, this was just a test run after having hung my decorations, the forecast for the weekend is sunny and warm, perfect for a party! 😀

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Print the lanterns onto cardstock or photo paper (I use Canon 170g Matte Photo Paper)
  • Optional: run all the pages through a laminator WITHOUT the plastic pocket – just to heat set the print color to help prevent the ink from running in the moist air outside… (No need to do this if you have a laser printer, but a little trick I came up with for my inkjet printer!)
  • Cut out the individual lanterns. and score along the middle line
  • Cut the slits with scissors while your lantern is sharply folded in half, that makes the cutting so much easier!
  • Roll on some tape on the left side of the lantern, and attach the right side, it should overlap so the pattern matches up.
  • Punch 2 (small) holes in the top rim of the lantern
  • Cut 2 pieces of wire approx 15cm long (approx 6″)
  • Thread both wires through both holes and twist a couple of times on one side
  • Carefully widen the wires in the middle to be able to pull them over the bulb, then twist the other side to fasten the lantern into position.
  • NB! Use only LED light bulbs for these, to avoid any fire hazard!!!
  • Hang your chain of lanterns, and enjoy!

The lanterns can of course be hung with string, wire or pretty ribbon (no light), as festive decorations for a daytime garden party as well!

Here are some pictures of the process (please ignore the mess in the background…:-O):

Wings of Whimsy: Stars N Stripes Lanterns #vintage #printable #freebie #diy #american #4th #july #lantern Wings of Whimsy: Stars N Stripes Lanterns #vintage #printable #freebie #diy #american #4th #july #lantern My chain of LED party lights has 10 bulbs, so I made 10 lanterns:Wings of Whimsy: Stars N Stripes Lanterns #vintage #printable #freebie #diy #american #4th #july #lantern

I chose to fasten my wire as high on the socket as possible, so the bulb would be positioned approximately in the middle of the lantern. I might go over the wire with my jewelry pliers and prettify the ends… I would have done that on the table, but of course I was overexcited about my idea, HAD to hang the lights first, and THEN climb up on a ladder to hang each lantern… so don’t do as I did, do as I say and fasten the lanterns on your partylights b-e-f-o-r-e you hang them, if you want pretty finishings…lol
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I don’t expect these to hold up well to being taken down after the party, so you might want to consider other ways of hanging them on your string of LED party bulbs, or the holes for the wire could be reinforced with small eyelets!

Here’s a preview of the printable lanterns:

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If celebrating 4th of July is not in your plans, but you like the idea of dressing up plain party lights, you might want to consider the Vintage Rose Lanterns I made last summer (click on image to go to original post):

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Book Crafts No 5 - Rose Lanterns

Rose Lanterns

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Antique Seed Catalog Reinvented – 1899 Dingee Conard Rose Picture

Just like the Lippincott Seed Catalogs are my favorites for “ultimate cuteness”, the Dingee Conard Seed Catalogs are my favorites for roses! The second outdoor picture utilizes a 1899 Dingee Conard Rose Catalog page:

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I used some old plastic frames I had lying around, I’m sure you can find similar frames at thrift stores. I painted them white with my home made chalk paint, and rubbed some of the paint off with a moist cloth:

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I printed my altered Dingee Conard Pictures, cut them out and ran them trough my laminator, so they can take the moist air outside better.

This is my grandfather’s youngest siblings Per, Knut and Emma, in their rosy frame:

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And the frame for you to use with your own pictures, vintage or new:

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Here is the original image of my grandfather’s siblings:

Wings of Whimsy: Children Bakke ca 1920 #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #photo #children

And finally a preview of the original Dingee Conard seed catalog page I used to create this picture:

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Find your high quality copies in the download folder, free for your personal use and enjoyment 🙂

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1899 Dingee Conard Seed Catalog – Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Antique Seed Catalog Reinvented – 1891 Dingee Conard Rose Picture

I’m in the process of revamping my deck, and one of my ideas is creating some outdoor pictures:

Wings of Whimsy: Antique Seed Catalogs Reinvented #vintage #epehemera #freebie #printable #seed #catalogWings of Whimsy: Antique Seed Catalogs Reinvented #vintage #epehemera #freebie #printable #seed #catalog

I used some old plastic frames I had lying around, I’m sure you can find similar frames at thrift stores. I painted them white with my home made chalk paint, and rubbed some of the paint off with a moist cloth:

IMG_3420

I printed my altered Dingee Conard Pictures, cut them out and ran them trough my laminator, so they can take the moist air outside better.

Here is my 3xgreat aunt Ingeborg in her new rosy frame:

Wings of Whimsy: Antique Seed Catalogs Reinvented #vintage #epehemera #freebie #printable #seed #catalog

And the frame for you to use with your own pictures, vintage or new:

Wings of Whimsy: 1891Dingee Conard Frame - Antique Seed Catalogs Reinvented #vintage #epehemera #freebie #printable #seed #catalog

Just the pretty ornate frame:

Wings of Whimsy: 1891Dingee Conard Ornate Frame #vintage #epehemera #freebie #printable #seed #catalog

And finally a preview of the original Dingee Conard seed catalog page I used to create this picture:

Wings of Whimsy: 1891Dingee Conard Seed Catalog #vintage #epehemera #freebie #printable #seed #catalog

Find your high quality copies in the download folder, free for your personal use and enjoyment 🙂

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1891 Dingee Conard Seed Catalog – Biodiversity Heritage Library

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DIY Vintage Labeled Cans

Did you like the Vintage Labeled Cans I had in my pictures yesterday? Here is another post, sharing how YOU can make them too:

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Those labels were not collected and shared by me, but by two wonderful creative crafters. 😀

The first crafter Mitzi Curi shares 6 Vintage Flour Labels on Wordlabel (click on image to go to the original post):

Mitzi Curi on Wordlabel: Vintage Flour Labels

Mitzi Curi on Wordlabel: Vintage Flour Labels

The Vintage Can Labels are shared by Angie on Knick of Time (click on image to go to original post):

Knick of Time: Vintage Can Labels

Knick of Time: Vintage Can Labels

Knick of Time: Vintage Can Labels

Knick of Time: Vintage Can Labels

I painted my cans white with my home made chalk paint, one rough coat:

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Paris Rose Candle #freebie #printable #vintage #ephemera #rose

And applied the various Vintage Can Labels with Mod Podge as I think they fit:
IMG_3435The bigger cans are the regular soup size cans here in Norway, I think they are slightly larger than American Campbell soup cans. Here is some Lupines tucked in a can on my deck:

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DIY Paris Rose Pompon Candle

I have had  fun making my own candles lately, and I thought you might enjoy the graphics I used to make this Paris Rose Pompon Candle:

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It is a small can we can buy here with pineapple chunks, I buy them for salads. I think they are slightly bigger than tuna-cans, which would be great for this craft too 🙂

I painted the can white with my home made chalk paint, one rough coat:

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Paris Rose Candle #freebie #printable #vintage #ephemera #rose

Then I melted some old candles I had lying around the house, and poured into the can, put some cotton thread soaked in candle wax in the middle and left it overnight to set.

Finally I applied 2 of my Rose Pompon labels on either side with mod podge:

IMG_3428IMG_3435The bigger cans are the regular soup size cans here in Norway, I think they are slightly larger than American Campbell soup cans. I plan to use those for cut flowers around the house, maybe some on the deck too 🙂

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Paris Rose Candle #freebie #printable #vintage #ephemera #rose

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Paris Rose Candle #freebie #printable #vintage #ephemera #rose

This file has been altered by me, and is as such free for your personal use! Find your high quality copy in the download folder, enjoy 🙂 Download Printable Did you enjoy this post? If you are not already a confirmed follower of Wings of Whimsy, please click “Follow”  to register and make sure you don’t miss any future posts:

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Vintage Flour Labels – Wordlabel

Vintage Can Labels – Knick of Time

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