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Tissue Paper Jar Lanterns August 9, 2009

Filed under: Crafts, you can do it! — mothersandothers @ 10:10 pm

Let’s show off a little crafting shall we?

Despite the lack of posts on the subject, we have been doing a good bit of it. Today we made some cool lanterns using jars and tissue paper (a hose was also involved, but I’ll get to that in a minute). In the fall, the kindy classes at Wyatt’s school go on a Lantern Walk. The families gather together for a soup and bread dinner, then the children circle around a fire to hear a story and finally, the night is ended (and Fall welcomed) with a walk in the dark while carrying the handmade lanterns and singing songs. They’re so beautiful and really easy (the lanterns, and for the most part the kids too).

What you need:

Jars without labels (from spaghetti sauce, olives, artichoke hearts, mayo)

White glue

Tissue paper


Wired Jute for handles

small candles

First, everyone pick a jar, or three.


Select some tissue


Cut or tear it into bits


Mix equal parts water and glue. I didn’t want to put glue in my measuring cup so I eyeballed that.


Paint glue onto a small area of your jar and then start pressing on the tissue. I dab and brush on top of the tissue as well. We all did multiple layers, but I like mine smooth while Wyatt preferred his tissue to have folds and bumps. You can also put pressed leaves in between some layers.



Okay, if this next shot happens you, you just have to resist the urge to punch your child square in the face.


Hopefully you have installed carpet tiles that you can just hose off!!


Let the lanterns dry in the sun along with your carpet for a bit and then fashion a handle using this wired jute which I found in the floral department at Michael’s. Don’t make the handle too short–it makes your hand too close to the flame.





Note: I always bend the handle over while these are lit so they’re not directly over the flame.


3 Responses to “Tissue Paper Jar Lanterns”

  1. noelle Says:

    haha! very fun! i had no idea you had carpet tiles! very smart.

  2. Grammy Says:

    Makes me anxious for fall! You are such a gifted writer and I am always touched by the joy and humor your stories bring to my heart.

    Love you,

  3. Auntie V Says:

    Hahaha…you crack me up,this could have been a new design on your carpet. Just start putting the tissue on any spilled glue,no matter WHERE

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