Create beautiful stained glass lanterns using recycled glass jars, tissue paper and sequins! Perfect for an afternoon art activity on these dark Autumn and Winter afternoons and they look so beautiful glowing with candles on the mantlepiece!
They are VERY easy to make and look so beautiful, with the added benefit of offering completely open-ended interpretation and creativity so that no two will look the same.
PVA/ white glue
old glass jars (baby food, jam and coffee jars are great!)
tissue paper in any colour
sequins/ plastic gems/ glitter
Paint the surface of the glass jar with the white glue and layer tissue paper directly on top. Add more than one layer and overlap to make the colours look like stained glass, which is really effective and pretty when the candles are lit! When the layers are finished, paint another coat of glue over the top to harden it and make it slightly glossy.
When the glue was dry we placed a tea light candle inside and turned out the lights as the luminaries glowed on the mantlepiece above our fireplace. They make the room so atmospheric and cosy, just perfect for warming up a Winter’s night!
fine motor co-ordination, hand-eye co-ordination, creativity, working in 3-dimensions, understanding about glow through candlelight
Cakie: 4. 2
Bean: 8 mos
See also this lovely post about a St Martins Day lantern tradition from Red Ted Art. Winter Candle Holders from Rainy Day Mum and more tissue paper lanterns from Sun Hats and Wellie Boots. I particularly love the wire handles on these, making them perfect for carrying outside on a dark night!