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Reindeer Lanterns – 10 Minute Crafts

I sometimes find that last-minute, quick activities end up looking far better than crafty projects we spend ages on. Our reindeer lanterns certainly did not take us more than ten minutes to make and cost us nothing as we had everything at home already. They would make nice presents from the children (grandparents, act surprised!).

Reindeer Lanterns - 10 Minute Crafts

This is what we used:

A few clean empty jars, labels taken off

PVA glue mixed with water

A paintbrush

Red tissue paper

Reindeer silhouettes (I found ours on Pinterest and printed them)

Tea light candles

 Reindeer Lanterns - 10 Minute Crafts - What You Need

Start by making strips of tissue paper. Their size does not matter so the children can do that as you are cutting around the silhouettes.

Cover the outside of a jar with glue, and add tissue paper on top.

Reindeer Lanterns - 10 Minute Crafts - Glue on the Jar

We applied a couple of layers.

Reindeer Lanterns - 10 Minute Crafts - Tissue Paper

Brush more glue on top of the tissue paper, stick your silhouette and cover it in glue as well, so you get a nice, shiny finish when it is dry.

Reindeer Lanterns - 10 Minute Crafts - Ready to Dry

Place your jars upside down on a cooling rack for the night.

Enjoy your new lanterns.

Reindeer Lanterns - 10 Minute Crafts - All Ready to Be Lit


  1. Ce
    11/12/2014 / 7:30 pm

    Love them!!! Well done guys!

    • Mel
      11/12/2014 / 8:36 pm

      Thanks! Shall I get the kids to wrap one up for you?

      • Ce
        11/12/2014 / 9:03 pm

        Yes please Isabella would love it… Is she too young to make one?…. I am so not crafty… Shame on me ;-(

        • Mel
          11/12/2014 / 9:37 pm

          She would make a great one (with your help!). Go on, try it! If you want, I can think of a short crafty activity for Monday.

  2. 11/12/2014 / 7:43 pm

    What a lovely idea and they look great. I always prefer simple crafts – not just because I don’t have the patience for anything too involved but I think the kids enjoy it more too and everybody is more inclined to do it.

    • Mel
      11/12/2014 / 8:40 pm

      Definitely. It is always better when the excitement is still there until the end of the little project.

  3. loraine x
    11/12/2014 / 10:27 pm

    Oooh love these… might be my crafty starting point too!!

    • Mel
      11/12/2014 / 10:54 pm

      Go on guys, you can do this! It would make a great present for your mum from the kids. x

    • Mel
      12/12/2014 / 10:28 am

      Thanks hun. They are incredibly easy to make, too!

  4. The Free From Fairy
    12/12/2014 / 3:08 pm

    They look amazing! what a great idea…I love them! Might have to make those to put fudge in for Christmas presents…and then they can be used as a lantern afterwards! Thanks x

    • Mel
      12/12/2014 / 3:59 pm

      That is such a great idea! xx

  5. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)
    13/12/2014 / 6:47 am

    So simple but so effective! And I love the idea from the Free From Fairy to use them for festive treats and then as a lantern afterwards… the gift that keeps on giving!

    • Mel
      14/12/2014 / 12:32 pm

      I know, Vicki is a genius! I now wish we had not gone that high with the tissue paper. A great idea for next time we make lanterns!

  6. ciaraattwell
    14/12/2014 / 10:27 am

    These are amazing! Never mind the kids, I’d have fun making them on my own!

    • Mel
      14/12/2014 / 12:30 pm

      They are cute, aren’t they?

  7. Eva
    14/12/2014 / 6:57 pm

    Très beau! Félicitations aux petits artistes 🙂

    • Mel
      14/12/2014 / 7:11 pm

      Merci Eva!

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