Tea Lantern

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Create a fun and simple way to display the beauty of nature with this pressed flower tea lantern.


  • Clear self-adhesive vinyl paper, 9”x10”, two
  • Assorted pressed flowers and greenery
  • Craft foam, two colors of choice, 1”x10-1⁄2”, four (trim); 1”x9-1⁄4”, one (handle)
  • Two brass paper fasteners
  • Battery-operated candle or tea light


  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Thick craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler



Remove paper backing from one piece of self-adhesive vinyl paper. Arrange pressed flowers as desired on sticky side. (Note: Do not place flowers within 1” from edges of self-adhesive vinyl paper.)


Remove paper backing from remaining piece of self-adhesive vinyl paper and press onto first piece, covering flowers with side edges overlapping 1”.


Use decorative-edge scissors to trim one long side of each trim piece. See photo. Adhere one trim piece along one long edge of self-adhesive vinyl paper aligning edges. Repeat same for other end.


Form self-adhesive vinyl paper into a cylinder so trim pieces are on inside of cylinder; press together, overlapping edges of self-adhesive vinyl paper. Adhere remaining trim pieces onto outside of cylinder, sandwiching self-adhesive vinyl paper in between.


Use decorative-edge scissors to trim both long sides of handle. Use hole punch to make a hole in center of each short end of handle, 1⁄2” from edges. Use hole punch to punch two holes in center of one trim end, punching second hole directly opposite first. Use paper fasteners to secure handle to lantern.


Place lantern over battery-operated candle or tea light.

by Alessa Giampaolo Keener

Straw Flowers

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Kids, surprise Mom this Mother’s Day with a special garden of flowers to let her know how much you care!


  • 2-1⁄2” clay pot
  • 2” plastic-foam ball
  • Crazy straw in choice of color
  • 3-1⁄4” pre-cut craft foam flower and flower center in choice of color
  • Green felt, scrap
  • 1⁄2 cup of deer moss


  • Thick craft glue
  • Acrylic Paint in color of choice (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler


(Note: Materials listed are for one flower.)

1. Press plastic-foam ball into bottom of pot, securing firmly in place. Adhere deer moss to top of foam ball. Let dry.

2. Adhere flower center to flower. Adhere 1” of top end of straw to back of assembled flower.

3. Freehand cut leaves from green felt and adhere to each side of straw as desired.

4. Insert bottom of straw into center of moss and foam ball.


  • For extra pizazz, paint flower pots in bright colors!

by Julie Streapy

Gems & Petals Thank You

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Be sure to show your appreciation to loved ones for that special gift with a beautiful, heartfelt “Thank You” card.


  • Cardstock: pink, white
  • Robin egg blue/white polka-dot paper
  • “Thank You” rub-on
  • Photo corners: pink, lime green, three
  • Pale lime green flower, 2”
  • Rhinestone frame stickers: lime, 2″ square; pink, 3-1/2″x5″
  • Pink/Dark pink button, 5/8”
  • Pink embroidery floss

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler


  • Sewing needle
  • Paper adhesive





1. Make white 4-3/4″x5″ top-fold card. Cut 4-3/4″x5″ polka-dot panel; adhere to card.

2. Adhere square gem frame to white cardstock; cut out around frame using photo as guide. Sew flower and button to center.

3. Cut slightly larger pink cardstock piece; adhere white panel to pink, and pink to card as shown. Adhere photo corners over three corners.

4. Apply “thank you” rub-on beneath flower.

5. Use photo as guide to cut apart rectangular gem frame and adhere around card edges

by Kathleen Paneitz