Mythical Creature Solar Lanterns

12 Materials
2 Hours

For the silhouettes, I googled fairy silhouettes, dragon silhouettes, and unicorn silhouettes. I made sure to reduce their size and printed very small copies.

I used a temporary spray glue to adhere the pics to thin cardboard.

I used small, very pointed scissors and an xacto knife to cut the pictures as precisely as possible.

From there, I basically followed the tutorial from this link here

I used colored glitter for some of the jars instead of just white

and spray paint to cover the brand name on the lids.

We used old jewelry, dollar store beads, and found seashells to decorate.

I pulled apart some dollar store solar lights to put inside of the jars.

I also sprayed the outside with a sealer to adhere the glitter better. I didn't want everything scratching off too easy.

Here are the girl lanterns

and the boy lanterns

Suggested materials:

  • Tomato sauce jars
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue
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3 questions
  • Iwa11687529
    on Jun 12, 2017

    How did you attach solar lights.
    • Ileen Stephens
      Ileen Stephens
      on Jun 13, 2017

      I pulled the stake solar lights apart til I had just the light part. This leaves it about the size of a tea light. Then, you can just drop it inside.
      When I have a chance perhaps I'll put up a pic.
  • Ret Grant
    Ret Grant
    on Jul 20, 2017

    Do you put them outside each day to charge them or under a bright light?
    Are you taking them out of the jars to do this?
    • Ileen Stephens
      Ileen Stephens
      on Jul 24, 2017

      Yes. I just threw it into my morning routine. I do not think that a bright light would work. I tried setting them by the window but, they did not seem to absorb much power. They are much brighter at night when I take them out of the jars and place them in full sun during the day.
      You could use battery operated tea lights. I just like using the solar lights.
      I'm not sure about using regular tea lights since there is glue and paper inside the jar.
  • Reflector
    on Dec 17, 2018

    do you have a link to see how you do it step by step? they are very cool looking

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  • Lin5863701
    on Oct 3, 2017

    I love them. I have a project to do with my younger grandkids this weekend. I try to involve them so they take pride in their things. This should be interesting with 3 2 (or almost 2) year olds and a 5 year old. Fantastic idea, did I say I love them.
  • Viv32263895
    on Jan 14, 2018

    I like this! Most "recycled jar" stuff just looks bland, even though I like the idea of keeping trash out of the landfill, but these are fun!
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