I came across this craft idea in one of my kids Highlights magazines and thought it would be fun to try to make these to use outside on the lanai. We spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer enjoying the warm weather! These lanterns are easy to make and look cute hanging on a tree, or sitting on a table.
What You’ll Need:
Tissue paper, assorted colors
Clean glass jars
Jewelry wire if you wish to hang these
Glitter glue (optional for decorating outside of lantern)
1. For a solid colored lantern, start by cutting a square piece of tissue paper, large enough to cover the sides of the jar completely. For a multi-colored lantern, you may cut or tear different colored pieces of tissue paper to use on the outside of the jar.
2. Once you have your tissue paper ready, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the outside of the glass jar. Also add a little of the Mod Podge to the inside rim of the jar as well.
3. Start wrapping the glass jars with the tissue paper, making sure that you have covered the bottom, sides and just below the inside of the top rim of the jar. Allow to dry.
4. Once the jar is dry, it’s time to apply another thin layer of Mod Podge to the outside, entirely covering the tissue paper. This helps seal the paper onto the jar. We used the sparkle Mod Podge for this, just to add a little glitter to the finish. Once jar is covered, allow to dry completely.
5. Once the jar is dry, you can decorate the outside with glitter glue if desired. We had a hard time with the glitter glue, so left it off the lanterns. When you are finished decorating the outside, it’s time to add some wire if you want to hang your lantern. We cut two pieces of jewelry wire for this step…one piece long enough to wrap around the outside rim of the jar with the ends twisted to hold it, and the other piece to be used as the handle. The handle piece should have a little extra on the ends so that you can curl the ends to add a little flair. 🙂
6. Use a pencil to wrap the ends of the wire around to make them curly.
Now, just pop a tea light into your lantern and light it. As you can see from the top photo on this post, we also made a 4th of July lantern. These can be made in any colors and patterns that you can think of. Have fun!