Oh hey *waves*
It’s been waaaay too long since I last posted a ‘how to’, but I’m back and slightly more\consistent nap times at our house mean I might get to make a little something, a little more often 🙂
So here’s an easy one for you and one that fairytale lovers will adore. I’m going to show you how I made Dorothy’s fairy lanterns.
These jars of pixie goodness have been doing the rounds on the t’interweb for a while now and with a literary themed nursery, it was only a matter of time before I made a few. They’re pretty and pretty simple to make but be warned, once you’ve made one, you may find they multiply pretty quickly. The magic light comes from a battery operated tea light. They’re really cheap and have a flame-like flicker to them, which when placed in a jar of glitter, looks like the glow of pixie dust. I left one on to see how long it lasted and would you believe it was still flickering away three days later – admittedly some of the magic had faded 😉
These lanterns are perfect for a children’s room, the garden or even as party decorations. You could mix things up by using different coloured paint or glitter. I had a few attempts at creating the lanterns and initially made the lanterns by covering the jars with tissue paper but while they looked pretty in the dark, the finish was a bit messy during the day.
You will need:
A jar (I bought my massive one from Spar – it was filled with pickled gherkins and I was very, very pregnant)
White poster paint
A fairy silhouette – you can cut one yourself or buy them ready cut as I did.
A battery powered tea light
Lid decorations – flowers, fabric, blackboard paint (optional)
Glue dots (optional)
- Start by thoroughly cleaning your jar
- Using the sponge, dab paint onto the inside of the jar. Don’t worry if it ends up smearing
- Sponge paint on to the outside of the jar. Allow to dry fully
- Once dry stick your fairy inside using a glue dot or more PVA. Take note of the shape of the fairy when positioning it inside, for example a seated fairy should be sat on the bottom of the jar.
- Cover the jar with glue but leave a circle around the fairy.
- Sprinkle with glitter.
- Allow to dry and then place the tea light inside.
- Decorate the lid if you like, but be sure that it’s easily removable to replace the tea light.
Aren’t they gorgeous!? I’m getting a bit carried away making them – but I’ve always been a fan of fairies 😉