The Cosy Gnomes

Evenings are cooling down and these gnomes are bundled up for chilly days. 

I was inspired to use fall colors and a little whimsy. Along the way, I found I love knitting gnomes. I am sure they will have a village of friends soon. While they stay with me, that is. I posted them on Etsy here and here. I have more images of them over there, too. 

I can't help but share a two of my favorite images.

Wishing you a cosy day!

Watercolor Lanterns

As seasons change, these beautiful lanterns celebrate those darker evenings.

To make these lovely lanterns, watercolor a long piece of paper. 

When it's dry, draw a line on the back about 1/2 inch from a wide edge. Fold in half to your drawn line. Fold in half again so you have four sections. Fold up along the bottom edge to make a base.

Cut along your fold lines on the bottom edge. Draw or trace shapes on each panel. Cut out those shapes to make holes.

On the back, glue tissue paper over the holes to make pretty glowing windows.

Fold the lantern again with the bottom edges overlapping to form the base. Glue along the 1/2 extra paper from that first line you drew in the beginning. Tuck that into the lantern to glue the four sides together. Let your lantern dry.

We use battery operated candles inside our lanterns. Fire can be dangerous.

These lanterns are a beautiful reminder of light. We hope you enjoy the crafting.

Many thanks to my co-teacher, Marin, for this gorgeous craft :)