May 2, 2011
One of my favorite parts of Spring and Summer is being outside in the evenings, chatting with family as the sun goes down. Having a little lantern on the table is nice for both atmosphere and keeping the conversation going. A really fun and practical way to make such a lantern is to use materials you probably already have at home.
I always like to reuse glass jars when I can – they’re so durable, it’s a shame to let them go to waste. Additionally, I had kraft wrapping paper left over from a package I had just ordered – I like to reuse packaging whenever possible as well.
Ready to make a little lantern? You will need:
- A glass jar
- kraft paper
- wax paper
- a craft knife
- a pencil
- scotch or double-sided tape
- a small candle
First, cut a strip of wax paper to cover the front half of the jar, and tape the sides down. Wax paper will provide a frosted, glowing effect through the cut out.
Next, measure how big to cut your kraft paper so that it wraps all the way around the jar; cut the paper to size. Next, draw your design in pencil on the kraft paper.
Using a craft knife, cut along your drawing, creating a silhouette in the paper.
Tape the kraft paper down with scotch or double-sided tape.
Insert a small candle, light, and you’re done!
So easy and this lantern can be used all summer long. You can even make a new silhouette design for each gathering, or make multiple lanterns with different designs, and group them together. The result of these sweet lanterns at dusk is both charming and cozy.