Mason Jar Lantern


  • Mason jars
  • White school glue
  • Food colouring
  • Paint Brushes
  • Dried flowers (optional) Glitter (optional) Varnish (optional)
  • Flame-less tea lights or regular tea candles


These Mason Jar Lanterns are easy for kids to make using a glass jar, glue and food colouring. The result is a charming outdoor ornament that you can display on your patio in summertime or indoors all year round. Drop in a tea light and it’s a great homemade gift that kids can make and for a grandparent, teacher or neighbour too!

Note: If you want to add dried flower embellishments, you’ll need to place the flowers in between the pages of a hardcover book and let the flowers dry over the course of several days.

Preparing the jar: Ensure the jars don’t have any residue on them from labels or prior use. It can help to soak them in vinegar and then scrub them clean. Let them dry before starting this activity.

Colour your glue: Pour approximately 1-2 tablespoons of white school glue on to a plate or a lid. Then mix in a few drops of food colouring. Repeat this step for as many colours as you would like, being careful to keep colours separate.

Paint your lanterns: Paint two to three coats of the coloured glue on the jars, waiting for each coat to completely dry. We sped up the process by using our hair dryer. The kids thought this was pretty exciting! When the glue has dried completely, you can spray your jars with varnish. You definitely want to do this if the lanterns will be outside as the glue is washable. Add your candles and enjoy!

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