Valentine's Day Jar Lanterns

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As Cupid sharpens his arrows and Valentine's Day approaches, we're here to help you create a romantic ambiance that will leave your loved ones spellbound. In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you how to transform ordinary glass jars and tissue paper into enchanting lanterns that radiate warmth and affection.

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These Valentine's Day tissue paper lanterns are not only simple to make but they're also a heartwarming testament to the adage that the best gifts come from the heart. So, get ready to channel your inner artist and let's illuminate your love in a charming and eco-friendly way!

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Video: Valentine's Day Jar Lanterns

Things You'll Need

  • Tissue paper

  • Sharp scissors

  • Mod Podge or white glue

  • Foam brush

  • Glass jars or bottles

  • Battery-operated LED lights

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1. Cut hearts

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Grab your trustiest pair of scissors—the sharper, the better. It's time to cut some tissue paper hearts. We picked red and pink; classic Valentine's Day hues, right? But hey, this is your love show! If you want turquoise hearts or polka-dotted hearts, go for it. Your jars, your rules!

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2. Cover jar with white tissue paper

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Take a foam brush and generously coat the entire jar with Mod Podge. Don't worry if you've run out of Mod Podge or don't have it readily available. Good old white school glue can step in and do the job just as effectively.

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Using your hands, gently press white tissue into the glue to cover the entire jar.

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Tip

The white tissue paper will tear when it's wet, so let the jars dry completely before you start the next step.

3. Adhere hearts

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Add an extra dab of glue onto the jar where you want your tissue paper hearts to go. Carefully position the hearts on the glue spots, making sure they're just where you want them. Then, with a foam brush, apply another layer of glue on top of each heart. This will ensure they stay put and don't start to peel off once everything has dried.

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Again, let the jars dry completely before handling them to keep the tissue paper intact.

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4. Insert LED lights

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Pop some battery-powered LED lights into the jars and bask in the warm, inviting glow they create.

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As these lanterns twinkle in your space, they'll not only light up the room or your patio but also the heart of your beloved. Remember—it's not about grand gestures or expensive gifts; the magic of Valentine's Day lies in the thoughtful, personal touches that truly show your love.

Save some of that tissue paper for the adorable and reusable Best-in-Class DIY Valentine Box!

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