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Decoupage Halloween Lanterns

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2015

materials

  • Plain white uncoated paper

  • Precision scissors

  • Colored tissue paper

  • Binder clips

  • Découpage medium and paintbrushes

  • Pumpkins, paper lanterns, small metal buckets, or small paper bags

  • Craft punch

  • Glue stick

  • Sources: 

    Multisurface découpage medium, by Martha Stewart Crafts, in Matte, $10 for 8 oz., michaels.com
    Round paper lanterns, 12", in Beige and Teal Green, $2.25 each, paperlanternstore.com
    Metal buckets with handles, by Ashland, $7 each, michaels.com
    Glassine-lined paper bakery bags, 4 3/4" by 6 3/4", in Cream, $5 for 25, etsy.com/shop/intheclear
    Spray paint, by Montana Gold, in Shrimp Pastel and Yellow Cab, $8, dickblick.com

     

steps

  1. Pumpkins, lanterns, and pails: Print clip art on uncoated paper. Cut around perimeter; the “cutouts” within the designs are white or colored, so use the one that will blend with the background you’ll be putting it on. (Glue the black-and-pink mouse to a pink bucket, for example.)

  2. Print starburst templates for colored accents. Cut out shapes. Stack up to 12 pieces of tissue paper and secure with binder clips as shown, inset, top right. Trace template onto top layer. Cut through all layers, moving clips as necessary to hold in place.

  3. Brush découpage medium onto pumpkin or other item. Smooth clip art into place, slipping starbursts under clip art as you go where you want to add them to design. Brush paper and area around it with another coat of découpage medium. Let dry.

  4. Treat bags: Print clip art directly onto bags (preferably using a laser printer). Use a craft punch to make leaves; adhere with glue stick.

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