Mythical Creature Solar Lanterns

Ileen Stephens
by Ileen Stephens
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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  • Iwa11687529 Iwa11687529 on Jun 12, 2017
    How did you attach solar lights.

  • 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?

  • Reflector 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 Lin5863701 on Oct 03, 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 Viv32263895 on Jan 13, 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!