Beautiful lighting, in the form of lanterns, carries a charm to alter the overall look of a garden. People spend a lot of money to make their green spaces presentable and stamp it with sumptuousness. A good illuminating piece can prove to be quite expensive leading to unnecessary investment. Why not make fine-looking hanging lanterns at home, the recycled way?
They can be crafted in various shapes and given an interesting styling. A kitchen is filled with different types of jars, in terms of size and shape, which are the best available option for storing foodstuff. They can be swapped into dainty illuminating options with a little effort. So, get those jars out and craft a glass lantern that will reflect your personality.
Crafting such amazing lanterns wonât take more than 1-2 hours.
The whole process wonât ask for any extra cost. The material required is easily available at home.
Resources you need:
- Glass Jar
- White Glue
- Tissue Paper
- Aluminum Foil
- Paintbrush (optional)
- Sand (optional)
1: Take the jar that attracts you the most and soak it in water. This will help releasing the labels from the jar, which can be easily scrubbed off to get a neat faÃ§ade.
2: Take aluminum foil and place it on the floor/your work station. This will make sure the area doesnât get messed up with glue and other materials.
3: Take white glue and dilute it using water. Make sure it does not turn runny and stop when it looks a little loose.
4:Take tissue paper and cut it into squares, measuring half inch each. You can alter the size and shape as per your whims and fancies.
5: Take the first tissue paper square and neatly place it on the jar.
6: Stick the square on the jar with help of diluted glue. To make sure it stays on the jar surface make good use of a paintbrush or your fingers.
7: Envelop the whole jar with tissues by repeating the above step.
8: Once the jar is wholly covered, leave it for some time and let it dry.
9: When it dries, take some sand or glass vase marbles and place them at the base of the glass jar. This will act as a perfect support for placing a candle.
10: The jar has been swapped into a dainty glass lantern and can be placed wherever you feel like. Light up the candle and enjoy the charming atmosphere it will create.
Things to watch out for:
- Check if the glass jar (to be used) has any cracks. Such jars should not be used.
- Be very careful while applying glue as it may leave marks. Once the marks are formed, it may get a little difficult to get rid of them and they may give an ugly look.
- The lantern can be ornamented using beads, colorful stones and other decorative items. This will make the final product all the more attractive and colorful.