I was in the Philippines before Christmas last year doing a test drive with Ford. They do lanterns amazingly well in the Philippines. Everywhere I went was spotted with colourful lanterns. It was beautiful! I enjoy finding ways to bring the inspiration from other countries home with me to share with the kids, and because it’s around Mother’s Day, I decided to do tea light candle decorating with the kids. There are so many wonderful ways to make lanterns, and this project was very simple.
- Empty glass cup, or jar (the jars I used are the perfect size and I got them from ALDI (they had little cakes in them)
- Paint brush (large)
- Mod Podge Glue (or watered down PVA glue – 50/50 glue/water)
- Tissue Paper (different colours)
- Black permanent marker (optional)
- Tea light candle (or electric tea light candle)
1. Paint a little glue on to glass.
2. Gently lay sections of paper (ripped or cut) on the glass until the outside is covered. Ensure no paper overlaps inside the jar.
3. Allow to dry.
4. Once dry, coat with another layer of glue (optional) and allow to dry.
5. If you want that stained glass look, add in details with black permanent markers. You can put a name, MUM, love heart shape, outline shapes or even do a cityscape.
They look so bright and colourful! We put them in the middle of the table when we have our special family meal on the weekend.