DIY Colourful Lanterns

My daughter made one of these glass jar lanterns at school for her Christmas dinner, and I thought they were so cute that I’d have her make a few extra — they’re just lovely on a summery (garden) dinner table! They’re really easy to make (a child can do it), and all you need are some empty glass jars, some coloured art tissue paper, Mod Podge, a brush and zig-zag scissors. Just cut squares of different sizes of the tissue paper and glue them on the glass jar, slightly overlapping. When finished, paint a layer of Mod Podge, let dry, insert candle and presto! Fun to make, and with great results. I’m planning on hanging loads of them in a tree for a summer dinner — I’ll have to put my daughter to work!

xxx Esther

9 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. mominthecity | May 18, 2010 | Reply

great idea!!! I love lantern; I have many that I use on the balcony, on the window … and around the room. But this is a special idea, will do it for sure!!! thanks Esther, your tips are always special!

2. Hiskia | May 18, 2010 | Reply

they are so easy & fun to make! (some glitters in the Mod Podge makes Isis and me very happy :))

3. Esther | May 18, 2010 | Reply

Love the idea of using glitter Mod Podge! Thanks Hiskia!

4. Courtney | May 18, 2010 | Reply

This is the cutest project. I am so going to do this. We have collected so many jam jars over the years and I was just waiting for a fun way to use them!

5. Tina | May 18, 2010 | Reply

OH….I love this idea!

6. Cate | May 18, 2010 | Reply

can i ask what mod podge is please?

7. Sara | May 20, 2010 | Reply

Love this idea! But yes…what is mod podge?!

8. Esther | May 22, 2010 | Reply

Hi girls, sorry for the late reply — I was having a baby…
Mod Podge is sort of a white glue, that dries transparant sort of like a lacquer.
Hope that helps! xxx Esther

9. Decoupage Lantern Project from Babyccino Kids | Micro Craft | January 9, 2011 | Reply

[…] Theseversatilelanterns can brighten every day mealtime, or be used to adorn yournext party. Kids is an international mommy blog with crafts, cool products andtips. Kids Craft Blog by […]