4th of July lanterns

This quick and easy 4th of July activity will have your kids reading under the stars this holiday.

You'll Need

  • Glass jars
  • Red, white and blue tissue paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Battery operated tea light candle

By Becca Ross
Kindergarten & First Grade Teacher

Becca is a schoolteacher and blogs at homeiswheremystorybegins.com. She loves to cook, bake, garden, sew, quilt, teach and simply spend time with her family. She strives to find art in everyday things.

This is a very quick and easy project to add a little 4th of July color to your walkway, porch, window or mantle. Another option is to make these lanterns out of a plastic jar, add a handle, and it can be taken on-the-go. Now your child can read under the stars by lantern!

How to make the lanterns:

  1. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the jar.
  2. Place a piece of torn tissue on the Mod Podge. Continue all the way around the jar, using one color.
  3. Do the same thing with the other two colors, creating one line of each color with no glass showing through.
  4. Paint a final thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire thing, making sure all of the tissue is covered. The lantern will look like it has a thin white film over the top, but it will dry clear in about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Place a battery operated tea light candle inside the lantern and you are finished!


Happy 4th of July!