We show you how to create your own beautiful jar lanterns. It is a suitable craft activity for many ages and will all result in a bespoke art creation.

With thanks to Beccie, from Norfolk in the UK, for sending in this great jar lanterns idea. Let’s take a look at them…

What did you do?

We made jar lanterns. This is such a lovely, simple activity and one that most ages can enjoy with a little adult help.⠀

What you need:

Glass jars, Tissue paper, PVA glue and a Paintbrush.


Using empty jars with any labels removed, we used PVA glue to stick different shapes and colours of tissue paper all over the outside of the jar.⠀

Once the glue is fully dry, add a candle and you have a beautiful glowing lantern.⠀

This activity really lets little ones be creative, there is no right or wrong and yet the outcome is always beautiful!

A photo of 2 glass jars with colourful paper stuck on them

Tell the Housebound With Kids community a bit about yourself…

My name is Beccie and I live in the UK with my husband and our 2 boys. I have a background in Design and worked as a screen-printer until choosing to stay home full time with Finley (3years) and Elijah (18months).
We love being creative and aim to inspire others to see that making with children can be easy, stress-free and not cost the earth!

Do you have any tips for other parents?

Always follow your child’s lead in terms of their interests. I always aim to come up with creative projects based on what the boys love at that time.

What are your children’s favourite books?

We love books, and there are so many. But the favourites in our house at the moment are The Koala Who Could and The Squirrels Who Squabbled!

Has this website and community helped you?

A brilliant initiative at such an unsettling and unknown time for so many people. Anything that inspires and encourages play and creativity is a winner!

A photo of 2 glass jars with colourful paper stuck on them