I have a few lanterns and glass candle holder things in pretty shapes around my house.  And when I decorate for Christmas, instead of going out and buying a bunch of “Christmas Decor” I try to Christma-tize what I already have.

All I did was take some of my lanterns, some Epsom salt (ok I might have used sugar on one) some candles and pretend succulents, ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, a star-shaped punch and about 1/100 of an ounce of chalk paint.

First I just randomly punched out some stars. I got this little star punch from Michael’s Craft Store for $1.  The trick to punching out sticky tape is to keep the unsticky side up against the top ceiling of the punch so it pretty much just slides in and  out if you have a steady hand.

Grab whatever you want to embellish with snow. For me, it was this globe lantern that I filled with pretend snow and some pretend succulents.  There’s a lot of pretending going on here. Then, randomly place your tape to mimic falling snow.

I recommend using non-watery paint. So if your paint is runny let it sit out for a while until it gets less watery.  Then use your brush to kind of dry-brush on your paint.  Stipple it on like if you were doing a stencil.  Make sure you’ve pressed down the tape with your finger around all the star points.

Then remove your tape, you really don’t even need to wait until it’s completely dry.  No two snowflakes are alike, just like in nature.

I embellished the black lantern too.  For this one I used the same piece of tape all the way around. Just moving it in different positions to make the best snow.

I hung the two globe lanterns over the sofa.  Did you notice, the white sofa is back?  I’ll tell you all about our crazy sofa moving adventures very soon, for now, just know I am a crazy furniture moving maniac.  We even put up a little pulley system.  I use the word “system” just to sound fancy.

I bought that pulley (such a weird word suddenly) at Lowe’s for less than $3.  We already had a hook up there but, it turns out that hook had a decorative fat end so I couldn’t get the little hole in the pulley over it.  My husband said he’d fix it for me but I’m super impatient with stuff like this so “for now” (famous last words) I just tied a little twine to hold it.  He can’t stand it when I rig things up like that so I’m sure it will all be fixed post-haste.

And then we put this thing on the wall to wrap the rope around.

They are pretty during the day but when I light the candles at night, they turn magical.  Actually, I just put these here for the photos, I really use the big black lantern with the cover here so I can safely burn candles.  I don’t recommend burning a candle under a rope that is holding the heavy, burning candle and holder, it could become a disaster. But it’s great for pretend succulents!

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