Valentine's Day Lantern

Sponge paint a mason jar, decorate, and add string lights to create a festive Valentine's Day Lantern you can display!

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  • Crayola Washable Paint
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Construction Paper
  • Mason Jars
  • Sponge Tip Brush
  • Parchment Paper
  • Twine or Ribbon
  • Disposable Plate
  • Pencil
  • Clear Tape
  • Battery-Operated String Lights

CIY Staff Tips:

  • For extra sparkle, use Washable Glitter or Metallic Paint.
  • You can also fill the mason jar with other items, including your favorite sweet treats or Valentine's Day messages!
  • If your parchment paper starts to curl at the edges, tape the seam together where the edges meet.


Step 1

To create a resist, start by drawing a heart on construction paper with a No. 2 pencil, then cut it out with scissors.

Step 2

Tape the paper heart to the outside of a mason jar.

Step 3

Using a sponge or sponge-tip brush, coat the outside of the mason jar in paint that’s on a disposable plate. Let dry 1–2 hours.

Step 4

When dry, peel away the heart to reveal the paint resist.

Step 5

To create a frosted effect, roll a piece of parchment paper and place it inside the mason jar. Use your fingers to fit it to the inside of your jar.

Step 6

Fill mason jar with battery-operated string lights.

Step 7

Add twine or ribbon around the rim of your jar and display!

  • Occasion:

    • Valentine's Day,

    • Winter

  • Age:

    • 6+,

    • 8+,

    • Tween+,

    • Adult

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