I love this project.
It’s fast, cheap, easy, AND it’s fun to say aloud: obmre chrysanthemums.
Chrysanthemum is one of my favorite words of all time. I like the way it requires you to scrape your tongue across the back of your teeth to pronounce it properly. Chrysanthemum. Why people feel compelled to shorten their name to mums is beyond me. What’s the fun in that?
And, for another thing, it is one of the few multisyllabic words I enjoy spelling. I like the way it breaks down: Chry-san-the-mum. For someone with lousy spelling skills, such as moi, this is a good one. There is a scene in Anne of Green Gables where Anne wins a spelling competition when Gilbert Blythe and Prissy Andrews fail to spell it correctly. In this way, I feel Anne and I are superior and kindred spirits in every way. Obviously. Never mind I still can’t spell catalogue to save my life, I feel very accomplished when I type out chrysanthemum and that indignant red wiggly spellchecker line doesn’t pop up.
Ombre is big again this year, so I thought I would incorporate it into a flower project. Melly asked for something with coffee filters, so here you go, Melly!
I was all set to show this to guys last week, but then I decided it was missing something. It was too orange. Too big. Too blah. So I moved version one to my *closet and made the second, smaller version.
*Can I just take a sec to point out that I even have a closet that can hold a giant chrysanthemum lantern? A year ago I couldn’t even fit something like this in my bedroom, much less my closet. Why, hello, fancy pants.
What’s the difference between the two versions? It’s all about where you dye the filters. here, this should explain:
Coffee filters: $2.00 (tip: I buy packs of 700 coffee filters at Costco $2.50)
Required quantity varies. I used 50 for a 8” lantern, and 300+ for a 20” lantern.
Dye: $4.00 per bottle
I used Rit liquid fabric dye because I wanted a rich, vibrant orange and I have found (through much experimentation, I might add) that nothing else produces saturated orange/red colors like this dye. If you are looking to produce a pastel/muted shade, food coloring or watered down acrylic paint will do the trick fine enough.
Paper Lantern: $3.00
You can find these all over the place. Target just started carrying them in their party section, and Ikea carries some as big as a Labradors.
White Glue: $1.00
Hot glue will speed things up, but I have found from previous projects that it gives way after a few months (so that’s not a problem if you are making this for a party). Simple white glue from the dollar store will get the job done.
Instructions for this are like an enlarged version of the hydrangeaI showed a few weeks ago; cut the flowers, dip them in glue and stick them on the lamp. That’s it! It’s hard to mess up. If your lantern base is big enough, you could get a few kids working on this at the same time.
I swear, Lola is like Paris Hilton when it comes to taking photographs. Soon as she hears the shutter click, she comes running.
Have a great weekend!