As Seen On Good Morning Texas: DIY Outdoor Lanterns

Did you watch us this morning on WFAA Good Morning Texas on ABC Channel 8?  The WhollyART girls and I were with the awesome Mike Castellucci, presenting our easy to make DIY outdoor lanterns. This is a fun homemade craft to keep the kids engaged in fun learning during the Summer.
Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM on Good Morning Texas / WFAA teaching moms how to make fun lanterns with the kids Here’s an overview shot of the materials we used for our lanterns. You can use recycled materials and get as creative and silly as you would like! 🙂
Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM on Good Morning Texas / WFAA teaching moms how to make fun lanterns with the kids We put together the step by step instructions so you can make them too!
  • find an empty wide mouth mason jar to start your homemade lantern (any wide mouth glass container will do!)
  • loop floral or craft wire big enough to go around top, or, you could use twine
  • cut second floral wire and attach it on each side to make a handle
  • use a jewelry wire cutter to cut the floral wire or twine
  • attach to jar using jewelry wire pliers
  • you can add a positive charm, beads, or decorative jewelry to add your personal flair, adding a loop to secure it in place
  • add your candle right in the middle of the jar
  • add decorative pebbles or grains around the candle for decoration and to secure in place. We used black beans, kidney beans, and lentils – all are great sources of iron for us vegan girls – and you can use spices, pasta, or anything you find in your pantry.
  • you could also decorate the outside of the jar with stickers and decorative items with your glue gun, or completely paint the exterior. Most paints require some time to dry off and then oven time, so make sure you do this before adding the floral wire.
  • light your candle and it’s ready for hanging!
  • watch your hand-made craft shine through the night!

We took some photos you can pin and save. You can find lots more at my daughters’ Facebook page Facebook.com/WhollyART Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM on Good Morning Texas / WFAA teaching moms how to make fun lanterns with the kids Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM on Good Morning Texas / WFAA teaching moms how to make fun lanterns with the kids DIY-outdoor-lantern-jar Wasn’t that fun? The girls and I got a whole box of mason jars and candles so we could make them with their friends and even had some extra to make wonderful gifts!

Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM on Good Morning Texas / WFAA teaching moms how to make fun lanterns with the kids

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37 thoughts on “As Seen On Good Morning Texas: DIY Outdoor Lanterns

  1. These lanterns came out great. I think my kids would enjoy this project – and I have a few extra Ball jars here to use for them!

  2. What a special moment for you and your girls to share! The lanterns are so pretty. One of these days I would like to make them – I love things like this. Pinning this for later.

  3. Lovely! I’ve seen something a bit like this before (it used wire as a handle for a mason jar to hang), but these are especially cute! They would make the perfect project to do with a young child. I wish my toddler were old enough to enjoy projects like these—but I know he will be before I know it. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I didn’t see it but I am glad you had a blast with the girls. It was great exposure also. I love crafting and this kind of craft is up my alley. They looks so easy to make and awesome finished product. Thanks for sharing.

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