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Lisa Horton Lantern

“When I saw Lisa Horton’s MDF Launch show, I knew I had to get the complete kit! I love MDF kits and putting my own spin on them is right up my street.” Louise Dunbar

  • General Crafts
  • 1-2 hours
  • Intermediate

You will need:

  • Lisa Horton’s MDF Lantern kit
  • Paint
  • Guilding wax
  • Velum
  • String lights
  • Glue
  • Fake snow


  • 1

    Lay out all the pieces and click them together to familiarize yourself with how it all goes together. Then lay them out flat ready to paint with your chosen colour.

    I painted both sides with a very thin layer of my chosen colour, you don’t want to paint on too thick for two reasons the mdf may swell making it harder to put together and it will take longer to dry. When all your pieces are painted, set aside to dry.

  • 2

    When the pieces are dry, take the front and side pieces and stick some velum to the insides of them using red liner tape.

  • 3

    If you want to add some string lights, do this at this stage before assembling the MDF Kit together. Using red liner tape, tape all round the edges of the sides and front, where you added the velum, then start stringing the lights to the tape at one of the sides, then i found it easier to glue the front and 2 sides in place before carrying on taping the lights in place inside the lantern. When you reach the end of the string, tuck the end underneath the back piece then glue this into place. The light string should be thin enough to tuck under the back of the back piece. When all glued together, pop a piece of tape to hold the battery compartment in place at the back of the lantern.

  • 4

    Assemble the rest of the lantern, gluing into place. Then to give a more rustic look to your lantern, rub some guiding wax in random places around the lantern, ie along the edges and corners. If, like mine, your gilding wax was a bit too dry, add a few drops of water to your finger to re-activate the wax and you should be able to get it going again. If you want to make a handle for your lantern, add a piece of ribbon through the holes in the top piece and tie a knot inside before gluing this piece in place.

  • 5

    I wanted to make my lantern look a bit more christmassy so I added some fake snow to the windows. To make my snow, I took some fake snow and added it to some watered down glue, then mixed it really well until I got an even texture, then all I did was simply paint on the snow texture using a brush where I wanted it to go. Leave it to dry.
    When the snow has dried, it should have a hard texture which won’t fall off when touched. Now put off the lights, switch on your lantern and sit back and admire your creation.

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