4th of July DIY decor – Patriotic lantern with resin

How to make your own patriotic lantern 

by Angie Holden

Want to make your own 4th of July DIY decor for a party?  Make this easy patriotic lantern for your home!  This is a project that will look great as a centerpiece or with a candle on your mantel.

DIY patriotic lantern

 Resin Supplies needed to make this patriotic lantern:

-Lantern with glass sides (the one shown is from Walmart but IKEA also has something similar)
Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin
Resin Obsession Pearl Powder Colorant
Resin Obsession Bright Translucent Color Pigments in red and blue
-Silver Leading Paint
Mixing Cup
Measuring Cups
Stir Sticks
-Star shape

resin supplies for making resin patriotic lantern


Step 1:  Remove glass

Remove the glass from the lantern if possible and lay flat on a piece of cardboard.  This enables you to pour on all of the glass pieces at one time.  If you can’t remove them, just pour one side at a time. 

Hint:  If you cannot remove the glass panes, you can use masking tape or painter’s tape to protect the metal areas from getting resin on them.  Don’t forget to tape the back of the glass panes too since resin might leak from the front to the back.

Trace around a star shape on each pane with the silver leading.  I used a wood star but you could also print an image on your computer and use it.  Set this aside to dry overnight. 

silver leading star shape

Step 2:  Measure and mix resin


Once dry, measure and mix resin in your mixing cup.  (I mixed about an ounce and a half.)  Pour into individual small cups and stir in the colorant.  I colored a larger portion with pearl powder, then two smaller portions with red and blue. 

resin and resin colorant mix

Step 3:  Pour resin onto the glass


Pour the pearlized resin over the entire glass spreading to the edges, but avoiding the inside of your star.  I find the stir sticks helpful in spreading out the resin into a thin even coat.  Add the red or blue resin into each star shape. 

resin coated glass lantern panes

Leave your panels flat until the resin has completely cured, then add the panels back to your lantern.  Add in a candle or even twinkle lights for a festive display. 

resin patriotic lantern with candle inside

These are perfect to set outside to welcome guests to a party or use as a centerpiece everyone will love! 

resin patriotic lantern diy

Make a patriotic lantern or two for your home this year!

diy resin patriotic lantern 

This 4th of July DIY decor theme can be applied to another party decor with a different theme.  Imagine what you could do for an evening dinner or wedding reception!

Inspired to take on more resin crafting and jewelry making projects?  Then you don’t want to miss getting your copy of the ebook, Resin Jewelry Making.  It is a crash course in creating with resin.  It also includes several projects you can make this weekend!

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