Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Trash to Treasure

In my house we go through a lot of boxes. With six kids still at home and four of them teenage boys, you can imagine the boxes we would have from cereal, crackers and more. So when I saw this Quatrefoil Lantern that Nike from Choose to Thrive made with cereal boxes, I knew I had to make one.

It turned out pretty cute. I didn't have any vellum paper though, I thought I did when I started it but couldn't find any so it must all be gone. I don't have the luxury of just running to a store real quick and picking some up either. I live in a pretty small town and the only stores we have around with crafting supplies are a couple of dollar stores. So with all the boxes pieces done and ready to go I had to come up with something else because I wanted it finished! So I had some of the thin plastic cutting boards left over from another craft so I used them. I love how it turned out and I think the cutting boards made it even sturdier.

And yes it still has the same effect as the vellum, you can still see the battery operated candle (no real candle with cardboard, that would be scary).  Love it!
Thanks Nike for the template!

Oh and did you notice the picture on the right? The Vintage Key Art? I will have a tutorial and template for it tomorrow. It is from empty cereal/cracker boxes too!


Mrs A. said...

Like your lantern light. I saw some yesterday made from cardboard as light houses. Can't wait to see how you made the picture with the keys and lock.Hugs Mrs A.

Beverly @ said...

So cute!! I love the lantern - it looks so pretty with your little Key Art!! You could use those for Halloween and Christmas too!

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

Ack! You so rock Heather! The cutting board idea is GENIUS and is probably so much sturdier than using paper. Thank you so much for sending this to me -- I'll be featuring this on THRIVE soon!


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