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
Some Christmas charms or recycled decorations
Basic. Fun to make with the kids.
Under an hour.
Cut out tissue paper into squares and decorative Christmas shapes e.g. stars, trees.
Using a paintbrush, apply PVA glue to the jar where you want to place your first square of paper.
Apply paper square. Smooth the surface, working from the centre of the edges. Wipe away any excess glue.
Overlap second square of paper with first so that they meet seamlessly. Apply glue to area and affix square.
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.
Add a handle to your jar by wrapping wire around the neck and making a loop by fastening it on the other side.
For a nice effect, thread charms or recycled Christmas decorations onto the wire before it is secured.
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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