There is a whole world of enchantment in the space between light and dark. Now you can have a peek at this special place anytime your heart desires with your very own fairy lantern.
This simple project offers loads of customization possibilities so you can make the perfect décor or gift for any occasion.
Creator Michelle Lough offers more step-by-step tutorials over on her YouTube page. Be sure to check out her adorable Disney-themed glow jar tutorial while you’re there.
- Mason jar
- Cork lid (if desired)
- Craft moss
- Roll of twine
- White acrylic paint
- LED tea light
- X-ACTO knife
- Hot glue gun
- Ivy embellishments
- Paint sponge
- Silhouette template
Step 1: Paint the inside of the jar.
Michelle recommends placing a paint-covered sponge inside the covered jar and shaking it around. Once the majority of the inside is covered, you can take a pencil and dab the sponge over any missing areas for full coverage.
Alternately, you can water down your acrylic paint a little and swirl the resulting wash around in your jar. Once you’ve got the inside fully coated, set the jar aside to dry.
Step 2: Cut out your silhouette.
Remember when I said this project offers potential for customization? Here’s your first chance to let loose with your creative vision. Despite the name, fairy lanterns are not strictly the domain of fae.
If your image has lots of detail or delicate lines, this step will be much easier if you print it out on cardstock. Then you can use a sharp craft knife to remove the background.
Step 3: Add the moss.
Once the jar has dried it’s time to add the moss. Drip some hot glue into the bottom of the jar then cover it over with craft moss.
It helps to use a pencil to press down on the moss so it stays in place.
Step 4: Glue the cutout in place.
Now you’re ready to add your silhouette. Liberally apply glue on the front of the cutout and affix it to the inside of the jar.
Ideally the image will set just above the mossy covering. If the jar has any sort of etching or logo, make sure you apply the image to the opposite (flat) side so it doesn’t look distorted.
You can also add a sprig of ivy to the center of the jar if you’d like. This gives additional shadows and depth to the project.
Step 5: Embellish the outside of the jar.
Next it’s time to dress up the outside of the jar. This is another opportunity to let your imagination run wild.
Wrap twine around the top of the jar for an elegant, handmade look. The twine can also be used to affix additional ivy or small charms to the jar. A light coating of fine glitter can add a bit of magic to the finished product.
Step 6: Add the light and enjoy!
Once you’re happy with the way everything looks, drop the LED tea light inside the jar.
Now you can go off exploring unknown realms by the light of your own mystical lantern.
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