Monday 9 December 2013

How to make Christmas lantern with a Jam Jar

Someone on Facebook recently asked if I could do a tutorial on how to make one of our Christmas Lanterns so here it is...
Today Honi, my 6 year old made hers with an old coffee jar and Harmonie made hers with an old pesto jar so it doesn't HAVE to be a jam jar just a glass jar. 
These are so lovely to make no matter how old you are, older children might want to try more complicated designs; older children might like to make theirs into a more complicated pattern or to look like a snowman or angel or father Christmas etc.

Those with small hands can just stick things on anyway they like and the effect from the light inside is still pretty!  My Harmonie is very proud of her one.
To make our lanterns we...
  • A glass jar with a lid
  • PVA Glue
  • Tissue paper
  • Optional - glitter, sequins, buttons and beads
Cut your tissue paper into lot of different shapes...

Put some glue on your jar, leave about 5mm gap at least from where the lid screws on, something like this...
Then stick down tissue paper, sequins, beads or buttons where you like on the glued area.

You might like to add another layer on top when you have finished STEP TWO as it gives it a nice shine but that is up to you, otherwise you are finished so leave to dry.
Put a light in it.  A Tea light candle or an LED or 2 or more...
You might like to check out my post: Christmas lanterns and simple circuits and experiment with fire.  Or make you own LED light for your Christmas lantern here

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