Monday 12 December 2016

Quick Christmas Silhouette Lantern - by Claudia

Servus and merry Christmas, dear Calico Craft Parts friends!

Claudia here to bring you my last Christmas project for Calico Craft Parts for this year. And as it is pretty close to Christmas already I decided to do a really quick project this time - so you can still squeeze it in last minute if you like ;)

The star of my make is this magical silhouette Christmas nativity scene (my favourite from Calico Craft Parts' Christmas scenes ;) and I have used just one as I only made a front side for my lantern (to put it in front of a candle in a glass jar) - but if you like you can of course do all four sides - using the same silhouette four times to create four identical sides and using folded strips to put them all together.

Calico Craft Part used:

- Christmas Nativity Scene MDF Wood Shape - Style 1

I started with colouring my nativity scene silhouette black on one side using a black permanent wide tip marker.

Then I cut two arched frames (both with openings - the left one just wasn't cut when I took the photograph) and a thin strip from heavy black cardstock making sure their measurements would fit with the scene's height and the diameter of the glass for the candle.

Next I glued one of the frame pieces onto a sheet of crumpled and flattened out tissue paper using matte Decou-Page.

Once that had dried I cut off any overlapping tissue and glued the second arch to the backside.

I also stamped my Merry Christmas quote onto a strip of black cardstock using opaque white stamping ink (but you can use white acrylic paint as well - just don't forget to immediately clean your stamp right afterwards if you do).

Then I glued my nativity scene and stamped quote to the front and the bent strip to the back of my arch. Done!

Well, I hope you like my quick and easy Christmas lantern! Of course you can take this idea to any level you like - by embellishing the base or adding stars and such.... but as my lantern sits on the window sill and I really wanted to keep this as short and quick as possible (for last minute Christmas panic crafters like me for example) the one-sided version it is. lol

My, how I do love this scene! *sigh

Merry Christmas to you all! 



  1. Oh such a clever idea Claudia!! I absolutely adore your lantern and will have to give it a go too. Jennie x

    1. Thank you so much, Jennie! Isn't the nativity scene just lovely? I didn't have to do a lot to make it "shine" honestly. ;) xxx

  2. AMAZING!! Einfach nur bezaubernd schön!! Hugs, Kerstin xx

  3. What an inspired idea, Claudia. I love how tranquil and beautiful this little scene is with the light shining behind it. xx

  4. This is really beautiful! What a neat idea! Christmas hugs, Autumn

  5. Oh Claudia, it is just so beautiful! Thank you for the 'how to' as well.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas.
    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

  6. That's really charming, Claudia, especially by candlelight.
    Alison x

  7. Thank you all so much, Julie Ann, Autumn, Karen and Alison! So glad you like my simple and quick project so much! :)
    Merry Christmas!!! XXX

  8. That's beautiful! I love it!

  9. Absolute stunner Claudia!! Bravo! xx

  10. Aw! Thank you very much, Lisa and Jackie! Mwah and Merry Christmas! XXX