Friday DIY: Glass Globe Lanterns Wedding Decor Ideas

Why hello there Friday. Friday really is my favorite day of the week. My hubs is off and we have a whole weekend worth of fun to look forward to. I found a great DIY that is perfect for you and your future hubs to tackle on a weekend. It’s fun, easy, and so pretty. I wouldn’t use the colors blow but perhaps in softer hues or even translucent, these would knock my socks off.

lantern, DIY, glass, weddings, ideas, decor, Wedding 101Image via Lowes

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Paint, latex or acrylic will work
  • Glass light globes. Hardware stores sell them pretty cheap but think about hitting up your local Habitat ReStore (contractors and homeowners donate building materials to the store) or even Goodwill. A mix of styles would be beautiful.
  • Twine or rope
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • LED votives

You can find the full directions over on Lowes. I’ve painted glass like this before, so here are some tips:

  1. Once your globe is fully coated, flip it open side down over a tray of paper towels to let the excess paint drain out. After about 20 minutes flip them back over, wipe the rims with a damp paper towel, and place open side up in a bowl to dry. The bowl will help balance the ball so it will stay open side up.
  2. Try different techniques. Rather than coating the inside completely let some drips run down the inside in a random pattern streaking the glass. I’m thinking of gold or silver paint to make the design more elegant rather than 90’s splatter paint.
  3. Thin out your paint with some glaze medium. You can find it a craft and the big hardware stores. That will make your lanterns more transparent and really glow.
  4. Give these a mercury glass treatment.

Happy Easter Weekend everyone! We hope you have a Good Friday as well

*Note*: Once the glass is painted inside, you can’t use them for vases. The water will cause the paint to peel right off. If using these as a vase is your goal, consider using specialty glass paint that you bake on. It’s found in the paint aisle at the craft store and usually called Glass Enamel. Also note that Glass Enamel is not food safe.

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