Friday, July 8, 2016

Cowgirl Lantern

Yee haw, it's Cut It Up's 100th Challenge and what better way to celebrate than a HUGE Anything Goes Challenge?!  I say HUGE because the Design Team has more than doubled for this amazing party.  Yep, there are several DT members from the past joining us; that makes for some fun inspiration!  Wait, there's more!!  Not only has the DT grown, the prizes have multiplied like crazy!!  Yay, there are more sponsors for this event than you can imagine and that means lots of fun prizes!  You've got to see this to believe it!

My project is a Cowgirl Lantern.
This is a western take on the very popular fairy lanterns.  We will be having a special horsey camp-out here this summer and I thought this would be a fun project for the girls while they are resting from their horse riding/responsibilities.  

I started by sponging the inside of an old pickle jar with Gesso.  I added some Gesso to black acrylic paint to paint the lid a dark grey color.  

While that was drying, I went into Cricut Design Space.  I cut that sweet cowgirl from Doohickey Designs found at Digi Playground and the stars and horses from the Old West Cartridge.  

Once the jar was dry, I added some Spanish Moss to the bottom with a glue gun and adhered the cuts to the inside of the jar.   

Next, I used a hammer and nail to poke two holes in the lid for the handle.  I inserted craft wire into the holes and bent them.  Washi tape holds them in place.  

All that is left is inserting a battery operated tea light!  How fun and easy is this?

I decided the jar needed a little canvas ribbon and some twine.  

I think the girls are going to love this project.  Let's just hope they turn off these lanterns and get some sleep that evening!

Material List

Old Jar
Craft Wire or coat hanger
White Gesso or Acrylic paint
Black or Grey paint for lid
Spanish Moss
Tea Light 
Canvas Ribbon 
Cuts from Old West, Design Space and Doohikey Designs from Digi Playground

Thanks for visiting.  Now it's time for you to check out the amazing projects from the team and add your project for a chance to win some fun prizes!

My little lantern is lighting the way to the following challenges:

Pile it On:  It Moves Me ~ Vehicles and Such (Horse)


  1. Oh these are fantastic!!
    xoxo Olga

  2. YOU. ARE. AMAZING. I love seeing your projects; they're always filled with such creativity!

    Thanks so much!


  3. You always have my favorite projects!

  4. Wow!! This is such a great project and wonderful idea!! I love the little silhouette images! Perfect for camping!

  5. This is Amazing!! Such a super cool and fun idea!! Awesome job!
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting with Creative M

  6. Oh my Heavens Katrina... this is FABULOUS!!! What a creative idea for upcycling a pickle jar!!! LOVE, LOVE it! Now I want to make one! :) Have a creative Day!

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  7. This project is AWESOME!!! Love it!! Have a great day.

  8. Wow! I love your cowgirl lantern! What a great way to recycle jars!! It looks awesome! Thanks for joining us at Craft Rocket Challenges!

  9. Wow what a wonderful lantern idea! Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,

  10. Great project TFS Craft Rocket Ch Lis DT

  11. What a unique idea, thanks for joining us at Craft Rocket this week, xxx

  12. hello Katrina. hope you are keeping well. what a fab idea. might just nick your idea. thank you for sharing it with us at TTCRD and good luck, Theresa DT xx

  13. A spooktacular project! I love your Halloween lantern :)

  14. ok... so this is one of the coolest things I've seen today... LOVE!

  15. WOW!!! How cool is this?!!! I love this idea:) Thanks for sharing ~WONDERFUL creation!
    Sherrie K