These tissue paper lanterns are fun & frugal to make, & create a beautiful glow perfect for brightening up this time of year.
We make these every year for our Light Parties & the children have a great time designing their own lanterns. It's wonderful to see the care they take in creating them, & the excitement on their faces when a light is placed inside the jar & their creation lights up.
To make them we use:
Clean recycled glass jam jars (smaller jars work best)
Small sections of tissue paper
PVA glue (Mod Podge) & a paintbrush
Tealight candle / battery operated tealight/ glow stick
Wire & beads / pipe cleaners (optional)
Using a paintbrush we cover the jar in glue, & then stick on the strips of coloured tissue paper to the outside of the jar. Keep adding the sections of paper until the outer jar is covered. As the tissue paper overlaps it creates beautiful patterns & colourful shades.
To create a seal over the tissue paper we paint a layer of PVA glue over all the tissue so the glue covers the outer jar. When this is dry it helps create the jewel like colours of the lantern.
Once dry add your tealight to the centre of the jar. If you're not keen on using a lit candle, battery operated tealights or glow sticks are a great alternative.
Or use pipe cleaners to make a handle by tightly wrapping one pipe cleaner around the neck of the jar & adding another to create a looped handle. To secure the handle thread the pipe cleaner through the one at the top of the jar & twist together until secure. (These are best used with the battery lights or glow sticks)
Great for any party, celebration; of course Christmas, & they can be used year after year.