Last summer I purchased a set of two lanterns. One of the lanterns arrived with the glass broken. The company I purchased them from (Wayfair) was great and immediately replaced the lantern and didn’t want the broken one back. I hated to throw it away so I decided to create a mermaid scene.The sides of the lantern were great for adding aquatic plants and creating the illusion that the of seahorses and other creatures are swimming.
The columns stand in the center of the piece with the mermaid queen sitting on her shell throne. It provides a place to attach the thrown image, sea creatures and aquatic plants.All the images you see come from my Mermaid Garden Collage Sheet series. These sheets are packed with all kinds of images to create a magical underwater world.
The first thing I did was to wrap wire around the top piece to keep it from sliding down. Without the glass there is nothing to hold the top piece in place. I painted the wire to blend in with the lantern.
Next, I cut the bottom off of a Styrofoam cone to create a base.
I applied glue to the Styrofoam and coated it in sand. I inserted a wooden skewer in the Styrofoam so I could lift it to sprinkle the sand on the sides.
To make the columns that are the center piece of the scene stand up, I added wooden skewers to the back side. The bottom of the skewers stick into the Styrofoam. The column image comes from the mermaid garden collage sheet and is backed with thick printed cardstock.
In addition to the Asparagus Fern Garland I found some cheap plastic greenery at the craft store which I painted and glittered.
I glued various colors of sea glass around the Styrofoam base. Tip: you can use alcohol ink to change the color of the glass or to add more colors. I used lots of pebbles and marbles from my stash on the top of the Styrofoam base.
On the base of the lantern I added a mermaid pendant charm painted with Patina Paints.
ALPHA STAMPS PRODUCTS USED FOR THIS PROJECT
Seashell Sequin Mix – Used for queen’s crown
Small Seahorse Charms – Used for queen’s crown
Scalloped Shell Charms – Used around the base of the lantern
Sea Glass – Used around the Styrofoam base