Draw the stars freehand or with a template. Making your own stencil is easy: simply draw a star on the card, cut it out and you’re left with a perfect template so that your stars will all look the same.
Place the stencil over the lantern and draw the outline using the gloss paint marker. Colour in the star with the gloss paint marker. 3-4 stars will fit on each lantern, depending on the size.
For the glass lantern: Draw the design or hand lettering in full size on paper first, then place it inside the lantern so the pattern or writing shows through. Draw over it using the gloss paint marker, then colour it in however you wish, perhaps adding some special stylish touches to the hand lettering.
Products and materials
- A string of mini Chinese lanterns
- For the star stencil: thin card, scissors, pencil
- A cylinder-shaped lantern made of sturdy glass (step 3)
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