Christmas Decoration ideas – Make a Painted Glass Lantern

Painted Glass Lantern


Make a Painted Glass Lantern and use it as an outdoor or indoor decoration this Christmas.

Painted Glass Lantern




You will need:

  • Small jar (washed and dried with the labels removed)
  • String
  • Nail varnish in various colours
  • Tea light candle
  • Glue
  • Scissors


How to make a Painted Glass Lantern…

See steps in photos…

  1. Wash and dry your jar and remove any labels.
  2. Cut lots of small lengths of string, varying the lengths.
  3. Glue the string onto the jar making sure that each string end touches another piece of string. When you have finished you will have lots of small windows.
  4. Paint the windows with different coloured nail varnishes and leave to dry.
  5. Tie two pieces of string securely under the lip of the jar for handles and place a tea light inside.



  • Soak the jar to remove the labels. If glue residue remains, use a little white spirit.
  • When you paint the windows, you can leave a few of them blank.
  • You can use coloured pens instead of nail varnish but you need to be careful not to touch as the colour will come away on your fingers.
  • If you are hanging the lantern make sure it is secured well.
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