Mason Jar Craft for Kids: Painted Lantern

Now that fall has arrived, it’s the perfect time start making some fun fall crafts for kids! One of our favorite crafts for kids is this Mason jar lantern craft. It’s perfect for lighting up those cool fall evenings! (There’s also another lantern craft using tissue paper and wooden beads on Buggy and Buddy! Be sure to check it out!)

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Fall Craft for Kids: Make a Glass Jar Lantern~ Buggy and BuddyHow to Make a Painted Mason Jar Lantern

One of my favorite things about this glass jar lantern craft is how easy it is for kids to make. I really just needed to be there to monitor and guide, but Lucy was able to do the majority of it on her own! (This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.)

Fall Craft for Kids: Make a Glass Jar Lantern~ Buggy and Buddy

Materials for Mason Jar Craft

Directions for Mason Jar Craft

1. Prepare your paints. Make the liquid watercolors and then add some Mod Podge to each one.

2. Paint your jar anyway you want. Lucy loved this part and spent a lot of time mixing the colors. “Look, Mom! I’m getting lots of different shades of orange!”

Fall Craft for Kids: Make a Glass Jar Lantern~ Buggy and Buddy

3. Let the jar dry.

4. Add a candle to the jar. We used a battery operated flicker tea light .

Fall Craft for Kids: Make a Glass Jar Lantern~ Buggy and Buddy

This was such a fun fall craft for kids that can be done by any age! We like to put painted glass lantern by our nature table at night or use it as a centerpiece on our kitchen table during dinner time!

How do you decorate for fall? 

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  1. I love this lantern! It is a very creative idea for the kids!


  3. Love this idea.

  4. Very cute. My 2 year old is starting to feel afraid of the dark, and I bet she would love this little project!

    • buggy & buddy says:

      What a good idea! Lucy is loving it~ some nights it’s in her room, other days it’s on our kitchen table for dinner or our nature table.

  5. really beautiful

  6. What a cute idea! I’m always looking for ways to use my mason jars. 🙂 Stopping by from the Enchanted Homeschooing Hop!

  7. I love the colors. It looks very festive. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  8. oh it turned out really wonderful!! We’ll have to give this a try with some extra jars we have! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Showcase!

  9. Beautiful colors and such a fun hands on project! Thank you for linking up this week to my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop this week!

  10. I’ve done this with craft paint, but never this kind. I love how it’s “visible”. Very cool. Thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday.

  11. What a lovely way to light up the early darkness now it’s getting closer to winter.

    Thank you so much for linking up to Tuesday Tots this week and just popping by to let you know that I’m featuring this post over on Rainy Day Mum this week.

  12. vely. I’ve featured it on The Sunday Showcase:

  13. Beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  14. Hi, I found this via Mom’s Library link up. I think this is so pretty and fun! I will definitely try it with my 7yo son. I think he’d get a kick out of seeing a candle in something he created.

  15. Simple and beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  16. We made these and they were so much fun! Thanks for a great tutorial – they’ll make fabulous Christmas gifts for the cousins!

  17. This looks like a fun mason jar craft to make with the kids this fall!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!


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