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Maintaining Harmony with Young Musicians

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Red, Light and Blue!

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By Heidi Kundin

When the sun sets on the 4th of July, add some sparkle to your outdoor table with these festive lanterns made from mason jars and recycled glass containers. These lovely lanterns will provide a soft glow while you wait for the big fireworks show!

 

Easy enough for small children to craft (and way safer than explosives!) this is a fun project to make while the barbecue heats up. Display these lights as a centerpiece on your table, as mantle decoration, or as luminaries to form a patriotic pathway.

You will need:

  • Glass jar or candle holder (always make sure that your glass is heat safe!)
  • Red, white and blue tissue paper
  • Mod Podge decoupage medium*
  • 1" foam brush
  • 2 pieces of wire, approximately 14" long
  • Beads for decoration
  • Tea light or battery operated candles

Instructions:

  • Wash and dry your glass jars.
  • Cut your tissue paper into small shapes (we used squares, 12" strips and stars). Cutting several layers of tissue at a time will make cutting easier and save time.
  • Use the foam brush to apply a thin layer of decoupage medium to the outside of the glass.
  • Place the tissue paper on to the glass, and smooth out any air bubbles by gently rubbing with your finger. Allow to dry completely (at least 30 minutes).
  • Apply an additional coat or two of Mod Podge to seal the piece.
  • To add an optional beaded handle, wrap one length of wire around the neck of the jar, and twist tightly to secure. With the second piece of wire, make a small, open loop at one end, and wrap it around the first wire. Crimp the loop shut to close and secure. Add decorative beads if desired, and finish by attaching the second end of the wire in the same way. 

* You can make your own decoupage medium by mixing equal parts water and white glue.

Heidi Kundin lives in Lincoln with her husband and three sons, Sawyer (6), Sutton (5) and Simon (1). You can find her blogging about all things crafty over at http://www.happinessishomemade.net/