Summer Crafting: How to Make a Pretty Lantern


School is almost out! Before the last bell rings, I try to get a few craft ideas together to have on hand over summer when the weather is bad or we just need a break.

Here’s one of my most recent projects done with a second grade class: a lantern. It’s easy to make and gives great results every time. 

For this activity you need the following:

Mod Podge

Foam brush or a brush to throw away

Tissue paper cut into squares (you can tear it or you can buy it pre-cut in big packs from Oriental Trading Company)

Plastic or glass Mason jar (again, I bought these from Oriental Trading Company)

LED tea light

How to make the lantern:

1. Apply Mod Podge to a section of the jar and place tissue paper over it. 

2. Overlapping the tissue paper makes a pretty stained glass look when lit.

3. Make sure every piece of tissue paper is stuck down well; if not apply Mod Podge over it.

4. Let dry and put light in.

These easy lanterns are so fun to make! They are great for imaginative play and make a pretty nightlight. It’s also a great group project too. There are a lot of crafts you can make with any leftover tissue paper too, so hang onto your scraps. You can even use them for this project I previously did!

What other crafts do you like to make in the summer? We would love to hear your ideas!


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