Painted tin lanterns! #craftychica #tinlanterns #mexicanfolkart

I came across some heart-shaped tin lanterns at a Mexican import store and knew I had to buy them and repaint them! That’s exactly what I did! That’s the beauty of having a well-stocked paint cart, along with the desire to remake anything and everything!

I bought the last three tin lantern hearts in stock and base coated them primer white. Then I went at it and gave them my own Crafty Chica makeover!

You can do this with ANYTHING! Visit a discount store, a thrift store, and of course the dollar and craft store to find boxes, wall art and more.

Painted tin lanterns! #craftychica #tinlanterns #mexicanfolkart

I painted this one with a cactus theme. And it says “felicidad” – happiness!

Make sure you let the paint dry and then add a spray sealer. I prefer high gloss!

Painted tin lanterns! #craftychica #tinlanterns #mexicanfolkart

The finished trio. All of these are sold, I hope to make more!

Painted tin lanterns! #craftychica #tinlanterns #mexicanfolkart

I gave this one a crazy floral makeover!

The bummer is I went back for more tin heart lanterns and the place was sold out of them. They had no idea when they would get more. You can’t tell from the photos, but these lanterns have double layers and then you can insert a battery operated light in the back. The sides have holes all the way around so the light shines out in rays.

As a way to suffice, I made my own versions using cardboard. 

Hopefully, I’ll come across more of these tin heart lanterns! The main message os for you to keep an open mind as you look for items to paint. I would use multi-surface paint, it grips better!

Love & light,