It’s summer y’all. Officially. Out here, the strawberries are fat and red, the cherries are dark and shiny, and we should all get busy getting lazy.
Remember the tomato cage project from last year? Well, I became so enamored of that simple process of molding wet fabric that I have another couple projects to share with you. First up to kick off this year’s Lazy Summercraft are these fabric votives. They're easy-peasy, great to make with kids, and tucking a lid inside the fabric as it dries gives the lanterns a flat base. The result is a suprisingly graceful shape that emits a soft, gauzy glow at sundown.
You barely need more than balloon and fabric scraps. Well all right, you need a little more. But hardly, and these are mostly regular household items:
Fabric scarps, at least 12" square for each lantern
Balloons (as many as you want to make lanterns)
Fabric stiffener or glue and water (2 parts glue to 1 part water)
- Trim your fabric into a rough circle with a 12 inch diameter.
- Make your setup to hold the balloon by by making a loop of Scotch tapeplacing it on the inside of your lid. Blow up a balloon (I made mine about 5 inches at the widest part) and push the unknotted end into the jar lid. Then place the balloon and lid in a paper cup to prop it up, with the lid at the top.
- Pour fabric stiffener or diluted white glue into a bowl. If you’re using glue, use 2 parts glue to 1 part water (you can be very approximate).
- Dunk the fabric into the glue and squeeze out excess by dragging the fabric through your fingers.
- Open your fabric circle and drape it across the balloon, pressing folds to contour the fabric to the balloon.
- Secure the bottom of the fabric to the cup with a rubber band and let air dry.
- When completely dry (a few hours or overnight), remove the rubber band and pop the balloon.
- Remove the lid and place the flat bottom on table. Trim excess fabric at top with scissors and insert a candle (either a votive inside a glass or a battery-operated votive).