Projection: Spooky Lanterns


If you have a few old jars around, you are almost ready to make this cool Halloween project. It’s simple and a fun project for big and little monsters.

This re-use project first appeared on the craft blog “Not So Idle Hands.” by Emily McDonald. Woman’s Day magazine spied it and featured the cute lanterns on the cover of their October 2011 issue. Super cool.

We loved the idea, too and decided to give it a whirl. Here’s how it went.

You need:

5 jars, washed with labels removed

measuring tape


orange, purple, black, white or green tissue paper

black construction paper

Mod Podge (decoupage glue)

1″ foam brush

small bowl & water

Safely cover your work area before you begin. Measure the tallest jar and cut about a dozen strips of tissue paper to cover the entire jar. In a small bowl, mix 3 parts Mod Podge with 1 part water. Brush the outside of the jar with Mod Podge mixture and lay the strips of paper over the glue vertically (or mix it up – go horizontal!) overlapping each other. Smooth out the paper with your fingers. Let dry. Meanwhile, cut faces or other designs from the black construction paper. Glue onto the jars with Mod Podge, as desired. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire surface to seal. Allow to dry completely overnight. To display, light from the inside.

Thanks Emily – this is a fun and simple eco-project!

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