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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Cherry Blossom Lantern

Chinese New Year 2010 (Year of the Tiger) is just 9 days away, and I have not gotten any single lantern up! The ones sold at Green Gallery that I want is RM169 each :O (yupe, crazy, rite?), so I decided to make my own using Ikea's rice paper japanese lantern @RM15.90 each!

With a RM1.00 chinese calligraphy brush, some black watercolour paint, and 2 packets of RM0.80 faux cherry blossom blooms, I started my quest.....to create MY lantern! :D
First started off with cherry blossom branch painting.......as randomly as possible.....so it looks natural!

Let the paint dry a bit (I was too lazy to wait till it totally dried off really), using hot glue gun, I attached the blooms one by one to the branches....but you have to snip off the 'butt' so it's flat enough to be glued!
Tadaaaaa!!!! All done, in less than an hour:)



Mum and dad came over to my place last nite.....Mum loved it and said she'd like the same thing.....so we'll be asking my littlest sis to get 2 such lanterns from Ikea! hehe.....

The lovely thing about it is, I don't even have to take it down after the Chinese New Year celebration is over....coz it's just another oriental lantern, it's not red nor Chinese New Year-ish like this one here! hehe...

8 comments:

O.C. said...

Very creative. Well done.

Jen da purse ho said...

i LOVE this! thanks for posting! can i ask where you got the flowers?

Julie said...

This is realy great!!!!! Nice work!

foobella said...

I just saw this on ikea hacker and had to come tell you how much I love your lantern. You did a great job. I might want to make one myself!

Pearpear said...

thanx so much for dropping by :D

glad u like it, i just finished another two for mum's house last nite....

Jen, i bought these flowers from the very old local chinese flower & decor shops, not sure if it's available where u r tho....


if u guys made something like this, lemme see ya :D

MBS said...

This is brilliant! I also came from Ikeahacker - I work at IKEA but aren't nearly as creative regarding the products, but I took a print, and will go home to create a similar one.
How creative!

Decoromana said...

I got inspirited by You ! :)
I mentioned this one on my blog and showed my own lantern
http://decoromana.blogspot.com/2010/02/plum-blossom-lantern.html

Cowie Kaunweigh said...

Love It !!!