Easy Craft - Tissue Paper Lanterns

It's officially HOT. Raise your if you need a screen free, indoor activity! ✋

We have made these tissue paper lanterns several times. It's one of my favorite crafts because they are easy to make and you can actually keep them around and use them. They have a purpose unlike some other crafts that though cute - what the heck do you do with 'em?!

All you need is

a glass jar
some Mod Podge
a paint brush
pieces of tissue paper
and and votive or tea candle, small enough to fit in the jar

I bought my tissue paper squares and Mod Podge at the Dollar Tree, but cutting up some tissue paper yourself is just fine. For the jars, I saved old jam and salsa jars. You could buy some inexpensively if you don't have any on hand.

All you do is paint a little Mod Podge on the glass, then stick your tissue paper on using any colors or pattern you like. The end.

We like to light ours up for dinner time so we can eat by candle light every night, even though it's usually still pretty light outside.

These would make great little gifts for neighbors or grandparents. Our VBS had them for crafts one day this year, and they were a huge hit.

All these pictures are from last summer, last July actually. I've been meaning to blog this forever. With the weather so hot, I'm feeling another round coming on soon.  

P.S. I think you could probably use regular glue instead of the Mod Podge. I've never tried it, but I think it would be fine.


  1. Love this idea! I will add it to my arsenal of 6-minute activities :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. I absolutely love these. We eat by candlelight too (but usually it is dark for us). Any pretty candle holders help to add to the atmosphere!

  3. So pretty! My kids have done variations of this craft for years, but never at home because I'm always, uh, keen to avoid any kind of messes. Genevieve made a pink one when she was quite small that we use as a vase.

    My kids were gifted a spin-art kit that they had to assemble, and that has been super fun for the big kids.

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