Kirstie's Handmade Britain

How To Make Decoupage Tea Light Lanterns

These pretty jam jar lanterns are fun to make and will give your home a festive feel.

By Kirstie Allsopp

Clean jam jar – big enough to fit a tea light candle

Coloured tissue paper – green, red and yellow/gold

Glitter (optional)

PVA glue

Florists wire

Some Christmas charms or recycled decorations

Tea-light candles




Basic. Fun to make with the kids.


Under £10.


Under an hour.

Step one:

Cut out tissue paper into squares and decorative Christmas shapes e.g. stars, trees.

Step two:

Using a paintbrush, apply PVA glue to the jar where you want to place your first square of paper.

Step three:

Apply paper square. Smooth the surface, working from the centre of the edges. Wipe away any excess glue.

Step four:

Overlap second square of paper with first so that they meet seamlessly. Apply glue to area and affix square.

Step five:

Continue decorating outside of jar with tissue paper until it is covered with your chosen design. For a sparkly effect use the glue to add glitter to the outside of the jar.

Step six:

Add a handle to your jar by wrapping wire around the neck and making a loop by fastening it on the other side.

Step seven:

For a nice effect, thread charms or recycled Christmas decorations onto the wire before it is secured.

Step eight:

Place your tea light into the jar.

A generous handful of sand in the bottom of your jar will stop the tea light sliding around.


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