Mason Jar Lantern with Beaded Handle Craft for Kids

My daughter loved making this mason jar lantern craft using just a few simple materials. And I just love crafts that allow for learning as well- creating this gorgeous beaded handle  provided the perfect opportunity for fine motor practice. This is definitely one of our favorite crafts for kids!

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Mason Jar Lantern~ Buggy and Buddy

Mason Jar Lantern Craft for Kids

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Materials for Mason Jar Lantern Craft


Directions for Mason Jar Lantern Craft

1. Use liquid glue to attach your tissue paper squares to your mason jar.


Glue on the tissue paper.


2. Once the glue has dried, paint a layer of Mod Podge over the jar and allow it to dry.


mod podge


3. Now it’s time to add the wire handle. We just kind of made it up as we went along! (Here’s a great tutorial on how to add a wire handle securely to your jar. Just be sure to add the beads to your handle rather than leaving it plain.)


Beaded Handle


4. Add your candle to the jar. I used the hot glue gun to attach our candle to the bottom of the jar so it wouldn’t move around. Never leave your child unattended with a lit candle. (If you’re nervous about using a real candle, I love these LED Tea Lights.)

We loved how our lantern turned out and really enjoyed using it on some evening walks!


Mason Jar Lantern~ Buggy and Buddy



Mason Jar Lantern Craft for Kids: Colorful art project for children using tissue paper, beads, and a candle or LED light! ~


  1. Your lantern turned out so beautifully! I agree that the beaded handle really makes it – as does that smile in the last photo!

  2. Lovely girl! Cute idea for a lantern.

  3. thats a really lovely lantern

  4. So beautiful! She looks so proud and happy!

  5. Thanks for linking up to the Kids Co-op last week. I featured your adorable glass lanterns. I can’t wait to see what you link up this week.

  6. Very nice!! My daughter made a similar one but with yarn on the handle at school for the lantern walk. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  7. Oh, these are great! And I love how sassy she looks in that last picture.
    Thanks so much for linking up to Waldorf Wednesday. I hope we see you back this week, and feel free to add more than one link since we were off last week.

  8. Very fun lantern – and your model is the cutest!

  9. These are so sweet! They would be lovely hanging from a tree for a birthday party. You could even make them with fall leaves I bet!

  10. Oh, I love this craft! It’s perfect for those darker evenings. And your daughter has gorgeous hair 🙂 Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!

  11. Just beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at After School.

  12. This is a lovely craft and your pictures are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  13. What pretty DIY light devices, I think I will make these with my kids 🙂 They look like fun to make and will add some colorful light option as fall and winter set in. Thank you for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop 🙂


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