How To Make Your Own Decorative Hanging Lanterns

These colorful, homemade decorative hanging lanterns are perfect for use in living rooms, dining rooms or bedrooms. These lanterns can be made from materials that many people keep in their own homes, and can be produced in under an hour.


  • Empty glass jar and lid
  • Mild detergent
  • Sponge
  • Colored tissue paper scraps (various colors)
  • All-in-one clear-drying craft glue and sealer
  • Paintbrush
  • Electric tealight candle
  • Drill and small bit
  • Large button
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters


  1. Clean out the glass jar with mild detergent until any food has been removed from the inside and any product stickers have been removed from the outside. If the stickers outside the jar won't come off, you may need to soak the jar in warm water and detergent for a while.
  2. Select the colored tissue paper scraps that you prefer to use in the lantern. You may select a multitude of different colors to use at once or narrow the choices to just a few colors. These pieces of colored tissue paper will be glued to the inside of the glass jar with the all-in-one glue and sealer.
  3. Use the paintbrush to coat a section of the inside of the jar with the craft glue and sealer.
  4. Put the first piece of tissue paper on the end of the paintbrush, then put the end of the paintbrush (with the tissue paper on it) inside the jar.
  5. Touch the tissue paper to the side of the jar coated with craft glue so that the tissue paper sticks to the jar.
  6. Use the end of the paintbrush to smooth down the tissue paper until it is flat against the inside of the jar.
  7. Continue to coat the inside of the jar with tissue paper until the glued section of the jar has been entirely covered in tissue paper.
  8. Reseal the tissue paper inside the jar by painting over it with a layer of craft glue.
  9. Repeat steps 3 through 8 until another section of the jar has been tissue papered and sealed.
  10. Continue to glue, tissue paper and seal sections of the jar until the entire inside of the jar has been coated with tissue paper. When the all-in-one glue and sealer dries clear, the tissue paper will be semi see-through. 
  11. Drill a hole through the middle of the jar lid.
  12. Wrap a piece of wire around the large button and double knot it until it's secure. 
  13. Thread the wire through the hole in the jar lid. The button should keep the thread from pulling all the way through the jar lid. 
  14. Place an electric tealight candle inside the jar and put the lid back on the jar. 

Once this is done, you can use the wire coming out of the lid to tie up the lantern and dangle it from any desired location. These colorful decorative hanging lanterns are perfect for indoor use, but not outdoor use. For outdoor use, seek a commercial outdoor-grade electric lantern.