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Learn how to make a DIY fairy light lantern for any outdoor space in your home. It’s a quick and easy craft project for summer.
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One of the best things about summer is that you can be outside pretty much all day long. I love sitting outside on our porch during summer nights. It’s fun to relax as the sun starts to go down.
In the past, we’ve had a variety of outdoor lights on our porch. But this year, I wanted something a little more simple that also looked stylish.
I had the idea to create a fairy light lantern when I was wandering around a craft store one day. I saw this set of fairy lights on sale and I knew they would be perfect for our porch.
When I got home, I didn’t love how they looked just strung along the railing. So I decided to use them in a different way and create a unique outdoor light that doubles as a decoration.
This DIY fairy light lantern was super easy to pull together. It’s the ultimate easy craft project!
Let me show you how to make it.
First, you will need to find a container. I found this terrarium and I loved its shape. It sort of looks a lantern, but it’s also a little more modern.
You can use just about any glass container for this project. Lanterns also look pretty, but even a glass jar will work.
Next, you will need to fill the container with vase filler. I chose these white crushed stones. They are a bright white and look really pretty in the gold lantern terrarium.
If you don’t love the look of stones, you could use sand or even marbles. And you don’t have to go crazy here. In my opinion, a simple vase filler looks the best.
PS: The dollar store is a great place to find different vase fillers.
I filled my lantern terrarium up about ⅓ of the way with vase filler.
What are Fairy Lights?
Next, you will need a set of battery powered fairy lights.
If you aren’t familiar with fairy lights, they are basically just string lights. But fairy lights are a lot less bulky.
The actual lights are super small. They are strung on this thin wire that is super bendable.
Fairy lights are used for decoration and are perfect for craft projects.
This set that I found runs on batteries which is perfect for my lantern terrarium.
To get the fairy lights into the lantern terrarium, I first wrapped the strand around my hand a few times. This helped to bunch all of the lights together so they would fit better.
Then, I placed the bunch of lights into the lantern terrarium. Once it was in place, I bent the wire of the fairy lights to spread out the strand evenly inside the lantern terrarium. I wanted the container to look it was filled evenly with fairy lights.
After the lights were evenly spread out, I ran the end of the wire (the part connected to the battery pack) up one of the back corners of the lantern terrarium.
Then, I bent the wire over the edge and down the outside of the lantern terrarium.
The goal was to make the wire leading to the battery back as invisible as possible. So, I tried to lead it along the edges of the lantern terrarium so it would blend in.
To hold the wire in place along the outside corner of the lantern terrarium, I just used a few pieces of clear tape. I ran the wire all the way down the side of the lantern terrarium and used more clear tape to hold everything in place.
Next, it was time to hide that battery pack. Originally, I wanted to bury the battery pack under the rocks. But, the difficulty was that I still needed to access the battery pack in order to turn the fairy lights on and off.
So, the battery pack needed to stay on the outside. I decided that it would be best to attach it to the back of the lantern terrarium hidden behind the vase filler.
I grabbed one small 3M strip and attached it to the battery pack.
Then, I stuck the battery pack to the back of the lantern terrarium. The rock vase filler was just about the same height as the battery pack. So from the front, you can hardly tell that it’s there.
See, it’s almost invisible!
I think that this DIY fairy light lantern turned out so well! I love how simple it is while also being a really interesting decoration.
It’s perfect to bring out on your porch for a lazy summer night.
I can’t wait to spend some more time on our porch this summer. This little lantern will create the perfect atmosphere.
If you decide to make this DIY fairy light lantern, please let me know in the comments. I would love to hear what materials you use to create your own unique looking lantern.
And, I would love to see pictures. Make sure to tag me on Instagram @keystoinspiration.
I hope that you have a great week!
How to create fairy lanterns with Mason jars
If you’ve got kids going through the “monster-under-my-bed” or “afraid-of-the-dark” phases, this could be really a great way to help them sleep better and more peacefully. I may no longer be 5, but I’m certainly making a lot of these lovely fairy lanterns to decorate my home.
They are just so beautiful and charming, and they are a great way to teach your kids about the beauty of upcycling.
Instead of throwing out all those jam or mason jars stacking up in the pantry, you could use them to create these little glowing lanterns that would transform the scary dark into a magical world.
The best thing about these lanterns – they are super-easy to make and since we’re nearing that dreaded summer where we can’t have as much as outdoor fun as we would want, it’s a great idea to stack up interesting DIY projects so your kids can still have a great time.
There are tons of different methods people use to make these lanterns. This article focuses on two of the easiest ones, which are still among the most beautiful.
The first method uses glow-in-the-dark paint and the second one is made with glue and glitter, and I have to admit, the latter is the better choice.
Anyways, depending on what is readily available to you, the two simple steps are explained below.
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- Upcycled glass jars with all labels torn off
- Glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint
- Small-sized paintbrush
- Fairy cardboard or paper cutouts
- Using the paintbrush, paint as many dots and shapes as you want on the inside of the jars. You could make patterns or draw geometric shapes and constellations of stars. Get creative and explore your artistic skills. For the best results, you should use as many colors of paint as possible.
- Set the jars down and allow the paint to dry.
- Place the jars in a spot where they would absorb a lot of light so the glow effect would be activated.
- Place the fairy cutouts in the jar. If your kids are going to make these themselves, ensure that they use safety scissors.
- Turn off the lights and enjoy the thrilling magic!
- If you want, you could smear glitter on the lid of the jar to cover the bland-looking steel and make the lanterns look prettier. Some people use flower accessories to spice them up.
- You could also throw in some LED lights to make the jar glow brighter.
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- Upcycled glass jars without labels
- Two or three sticks of colored liquid glue
- Packets of glitter (you can use as many colors, shapes, and sizes as you want)
- Glow sticks or LED lights
- Fairy cardboard or paper cutouts
- Sprinkle the liquid glue all over the inside of the jar. It’s best to use two or three different colors to increase the charm.
- Pour your glitter packs into the jar and make sure they hit the walls. Close the jar tightly and shake vigorously.
- When the glue is completely dry, place your fairy cutouts in the jar. You could attach them to the lid of the jar using a twine so they hang in the air as though they are in flight.
- Smear the lid of the jar with extra glitter and glue to make it prettier. You could also use flower accessories.
- Turn off the lights and set the fairy lanterns under the glow sticks, or throw the LED lights into the jar to illuminate the enchanted lantern.
Your kids would hopefully never be afraid of the dark again because once the lights go off, a magical world comes forth. I’d to think that even when the fiery lanterns are not within their reach, they’d still be accustomed to charming thoughts and comfortable peace.
There are hundreds of creative videos where you could get more ideas for glow lanterns.
Some people use clean water to fill up an empty bottle with a mound of glitter at the bottom, throw in a glow stick, and attach a magnet to the bottle cap. Whenever the bottle is flipped, the magic is activated.
Others prefer to use soda bottles and acetate sheets, but whatever method you decide to go with, as long as something glows and shines in the dark at the end, you got it!
Video for the second method (using glue):
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