Try making these Halloween tissue paper lanterns for kids! Doodle designs, pictures, and zentangle patterns onto tissue paper and then glue to glass jars.
Updated August 2022
This fun DIY lantern project was inspired by some super cool DIY tissue paper lanterns on Alisa Burke’s site and we can’t get enough of them!
Especially at night, when they are all lit.
Warning. This project is addictive. Your kids will love it. YOU will love it! And you’re gonna want to make more than you think.
How to Make Halloween Tissue Paper Lanterns
- White tissue paper (you can find this in the gift wrap section of stores)
- Permanent markers (we used Sharpies and Pilot rolling ball pens)
- Glass jars (votive holders, glasses, or jars from the recycle bin)
- Mod Podge
- Foam brushes
Gather your materials
We started this project using our own drinking glasses. But we were soon out of drinking glasses and wanted to make more and try different shapes, so we went to the thrift store and picked up a box full of glass jars, votive holders, and glasses to use for this project.
Gather your pens, tissue paper, glasses, glue and brushes.
Cut tissue paper
Then, cut a piece of tissue paper to fit around your glass jar.
Draw and doodle on your tissue paper with permanent markers. You can go black and white or color. They both look awesome on these lanterns.
Tip: Protect your work surface with a tray, placemat, or piece of paper. The marker will bleed through the tissue paper.
Add Mod Podge
Brush a layer of Mod Podge on the outside of your glass jar then carefully wrap the tissue paper around the jar. Add another layer of Mod Podge over top if desired.
Note: If your jar is curved at all, you will have to pleat or overlap areas of your tissue paper as you Mod Podge it on to make it fit the shape.
Let dry completely.
Finally add a tea light or votive candle and enjoy your beautiful new tissue paper lantern!
More Halloween Art Ideas for Kids
- How to Create a Hanging DIY Lantern (& Ideas for a Candlelit Nature Walk)
- How to Get a Lite Brite Pumpkin Effect for Your Jack-O’-Lantern
- 13 Awesome Halloween Craft Ideas for Kids
- 31 Days of Halloween Activities for Kids (with Free Printable!)
- How to Make Easy Halloween Potato Prints for Kids
- How to Make a Cardboard Halloween House
Autumn Arts & Crafts Ideas & Supplies
Download our FREE printable idea list of 31 Halloween activities for kids & families! Or just check out the blog post with the links. So many fun ideas for Halloween!
And be sure to check out our FALL family fun list in our Amazon store! It includes supplies for fall arts & crafts, autumn toys, Halloween ideas, and picture books about autumn.
And if you want even MORE Halloween arts and crafts, check out our Halloween Arts and Crafts Workshop at the Kids Art Spot, our kids art club. You’ll get 15 videos of fun and spooky art activities PLUS 17 Halloween-themed drawing prompts!
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