DIY Blog Challenge – Summer Festival

I am part of a group of DIY and craft bloggers and each month we come up with a theme and do a project based on this theme.  I didn’t take part in June’s challenge which was Father’s Day, but you can see the May challenge here – Thrift Store Upcycle .

This month we all had to create something  fun as this month’s theme was – “Summer Festival“.

When I think about summer festivals, first thing that comes to my mind (after music of course) is colourful, fun and bohemian style.  I came up with so many ideas for stylish outfits or accessories but wanted to stay true to my blog and decided to come up with a fun bohemian inspired home decor idea..

I am obsessed with beautiful coloured glass, gold and Moroccan accents..  I decided to have a go at creating a faux version of Moroccan inspired Lantern..  I had a general idea on what I wanted to achieve but didn’t have a clue how it will turn out… Here is what I did.

I had this glass container, which I thought was the perfect size for a lantern.

Once clean, I put a layer of mod podge around the outside of the glass and left it to dry.  I mixed some Unicorn SPiT to create a nice turquoise shade and painted it over the glass to give it a nice stained effect. [if you don’t have any Unicorn SPiT , acrylic paint would also work nicely]. I noticed my paper towel had a lovely pattern so I wrapped the glass in paper towel and gently patted it to remove excess Unicorn SPiT .  It left it with a nice pattern, don’t you think??

I then cut out a few shapes from an old gold doily I had in my craft ‘stash’ to create a nice embellishment.  I attached it using some mod podge.

 Then once it was dry, I added some golden accents.  I must admit, I started this project literally clueless as in what I was going to do and how.. Totally improvising sometimes works the best as I LOVE the outcome… What do you think??

Here are the other bloggers taking part in this month’s challenge.  Be sure to check  out what they did!!

Makes Bakes and Decor

Cassie Smallwood

Gifts and Blab

Vicky Myers Creations

Hapiness Wherever

Doodle and Stitch

Makings of Mine

Raven Would




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22 thoughts on “DIY Blog Challenge – Summer Festival

  1. This looks lovely Evija! And I love how you just start out with a general feeling of where you’re going, sounds very much like me most of the time 🙂

  2. This is a real trash-to-treasure winner! Your lanterns turned out to be quite beautiful and ‘rich’ looking. I love the pattern left by and paper towel. The unicorn spit turquoise color is very nice, and the gold doilies add a gorgeous touch.
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi

  3. You have too much creativity. How can you make a glass jar look so exotic? I must say, I may not attempt it because it will never look as good as yours. You have the gift of craftiness.

  4. What a fun project, I loved how you used the paper towel to create the design in the paint, it gave it dimension. The gold doilies really added the Moroccan feel.
    Just beautiful!! 🙂

  5. Oh wow, that’s beautiful and sooo clever. I am definitely going to try this and use them in my garden for warm summer evening BBQ’s.

  6. Wow! Complete transformation. As for the pattern from the kitchen paper – What a clever idea! I’m not very crafty myself, so it always amazes me how people come up with ideas like this! Hollie

  7. This is such a beautiful lantern. I absolutely love the colour! What a gorgeous summer accent. Thank you so much for sharing this project with the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope to see you at the party when we return from summer break this coming Monday August 7th. Pinning!

  8. Beautiful work! I’m gathering some ideas before I make a few decorative lanterns… haha Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Hi Shirley, the lid was actually an old metal cap from a light fixture (not sure what they are called). I simply sprayed it gold and attached a door knob with glue.

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