Jul 02

July 4th Lanterns


I’ve been trying to think of a way to upcycle the glass jars I have around my apartment.  What better way than to make something festive for the 4th of July!  These lanterns were so easy and quick to make.  And they’re very safe if you use glow sticks (like I did).  You could easily put a candle in these, but this way if the lantern is bumped by a child or curious dog, no one is hurt.


You will need:

– Glass jars – I used old tomato sauce jars

– Mod Podge ( Mod Podge CS11202 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Gloss Finish) and a foam brush (Loew Cornell 842 25-Piece Foam Brush Set, 1-Inch)

– Tissue paper

– Scissors

– Glow sticks (8″ LumiStick Brand Glowsticks Glow Stick Bracelets Mixed Colors (Tube of 100))




First, cut out some stars (or whatever other shape) out of tissue paper.  I made myself a little stencil because I didn’t feel comfortable with my free handing abilities

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Time to break out the Mod Podge!  Put some Mod Podge directly on the glass jar and then place the tissue paper star on top.

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Repeat until your jar is covered with stars!  Then, put another layer of Mod Podge over the top, just in case.



One of the most important steps: admire your handiwork while the Mod Podge dries.  Resist the urge to touch!!!



Once dry, you’re ready to put the glow sticks in.



Woah!  Look at those neat lanterns!  Perfect for a breezy summer evening outside!



Happy crafting

<3 C


  1. Djung

    Very cute and fun! I have a ton of glass jars I’ve been saving for no known purpose yet…

    1. Caitlyn

      I do the same thing! So many glass jars waiting for the perfect project! I’m already brainstorming more glass jar crafts 🙂

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