Christmas Lanterns

This is a last minute way to decorate your table or hearth this festive season. All you’ll need is:

  • A large jam jar, or straight sided vase, tall straight glass, or even a glass dome
  • Painted papers from your stash
  • Cutting mat and knife or scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Electric tea lights or mini fairy lights
  • Pinecones and gold spray (optional!)

Take your glass container, we’re using a jam jar, and measure it’s circumference and height.

Cut a strip of paper of a corresponding size, plus an extra couple of centimetres. This is a great opportunity to search through your stash for some beautiful painted papers that you might have made this year. We’re using a monoprinted paper, but you might have all sorts of suitable pieces.

On the back of the strip draw a skyline. Keep it pretty simple, maybe just some rooftops and trees.

Cut along your drawn line and perhaps add some cut-out windows to your buildings.

Wrap the strip around the jar and fasten in place with some double sided tape.

Pop in an electric tea light or some of the battery powered mini fairy lights and there you have it!

If you have one, a glass dome makes an amazing alternative to the jar or vase. Just repeat the process to cut the decorative paper strip and wrap around the dome. Then fill the dome with pinecones (sprayed gold if you’re really going for it), and fairy lights, leaving the control switch for the lights hanging over the edge of the dome. Of course next you have to flip it to set it down without everything falling out! To do this place a piece of card over the open end of the dome, place it into position and slide out the card.


These paper wrapped lanterns make a wonderful centrepiece on the Christmas table or a beautiful addition to the hearth.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Love Laura