How to make a clay lantern decor
A terracotta lantern was bought during one of my visits to a handicraft exhibition. This lantern will be used to create a bright piece of decor with a traditional touch.
Using acrylic colors, paint the lantern. Choose colors that will go with the interiors of your home.
Apply a couple or more coats based on the color chosen.. As you can see below, after a single coat, the purple shade looked pretty good while orange and white looked like they needed two more coats. So, decide based on your expected output.
White outline is painted on the floral pattern. You may use gold, silver or such metallic shades for the outline as well. I stuck with non-metallic shades for this project.
Similarly black is used to create a few simple designs. Allow the base color to dry well before painting such designs.
3D outliner has been sparingly used to create some different designs and mix up the colors a bit.
Apply a good adhesive and glue on small round pieces of mirrors for a jazzy effect. Rhinestones may be used but for this lantern, I preferred to use mirrors. Small square mirrors could be a good alternative to round ones.
After the paint and glue has dried well, apply a coat of clear varnish – this can be of matte or glossy finish as per your choice. Allow the varnish to dry.