How to Make Stained Glass Lanterns
Summer is inching it’s way ever closer (yay!). Make sure your garden is summer ready with these upcycled jar stained glass lanterns.
They’re really easy to make, and you only need a few items to make them, which you may already find you have scattered around the house . . .
Time to make : 30 minutes sticking time, plus 3 to 7 hours drying time in-between layers
Suitable for : Beginners
- Empty glass jar, thoroughly cleaned
- A selection of tissue papers
- PVA glue with a little water
- Sharpie Marker pen
- Tea-light Candle or for a safer option an LED Tea-light candle
1. Choose two complimenting shades of tissue paper and, using the paler one, tear into small pieces – about the size of a £2.00 coin. Mix the PVA glue with a little water, roughly about four parts glue to one part water. You can use the lid of your jam jar as a handy glue dish.
2. Brush a little glue onto the clear jar.
3. Place a piece of tissue paper onto the glued section, the brush a little more glue over the top of it. Continue adding tissue paper in this way until the whole jar is covered. You don’t need to do the bottom of the jar, just take the paper neatly to the edge, and likewise at the rim.
4. Leave your jar to dry thoroughly.
5. Next cut out some shapes from your darker tissue paper, triangles are good…..
Or you could be a bit braver and cut out something fancier.
6. When the jar is dry, carefully add your cut-outs. Do not use too much glue at this stage as some tissue papers might bleed slightly.
7. Leave to dry thoroughly again.
8. Now, take your Sharpie pen and outline the darker shapes, adding more detail in-between if you wish.
For an extra decadent lantern use gems and sequins to add a bit of bling!
9. Finally, pop in a tea-light candle and admire your new lantern.