Lanterns Fit for an Emperor

My brother-in-law will sometimes come up with eccentric ideas. Some are on the mellow end with a Polar Plunge; then there was the idea he had for his 35th birthday a few weeks back. He decided to have a royal event complete with long ball gowns topped with tiaras, and a royal court. When he first proposed the idea, I’m not sure any of us really knew what to expect but the entire evening turned out beautiful.

One of the items I helped with was the centerpieces. We wanted to keep it whimsical but also centered around the man of the event. The lanterns for my wedding were repurposed to have the silhouette of my brother in law on the 4 sides and placed on every table. Combined with some flowers, lights, and a few butterflies, the centerpieces were truly fit to celebrate an emperor.

I did the silhouette in Cricut design space, but if you have access/knowledge of Photoshop that will work as well. I started with a side profile of him, and during the import process, made sure to remove the background and selected only cut before the import process was complete. It will give you an option to print then cut but only the outline was needed for this project.

I had my Cricut Explore Air 2 do all of the work to cut out the silhouettes then glue dots were used to place them on the lanterns. It was such a fun project to work on and I plan on using the idea in the future. It will likely be for something less grand than a royal coronation though.

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