diy repurposed lantern

diy lanternOne 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.

ashley paul indie pretty projectOut to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.


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