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Up-Cycled Stained Glass Lantern Kids Craft

Friends, our up-cycled stained glass lantern craft for kids is absolutely perfect for summer! This simple stained glass kids craft only requires a handful of simple supplies (some of which you most likely already have on hand) about an hour of time and a little creativity, of course! The best part of this stained glass lantern craft is that kids can create their very own stained glass design. Whether you prefer a pretty butterfly or lady bug or fun patterns, the creative direction of the pattern is entirely up to the maker.

My oldest daughter went with a butterfly design and a pattern design when making her up-cycled stained glass lanterns, and we just love how they turned out! Once complete, we simply set a battery operated tea light in each up-cycled lantern. We chose tea lights that have a timer function too, so they will come on at the same time every evening throughout the summer.  They give off such a soft and pleasant glow at night; perfect for summer!

Ready to craft your own up-cycled stained glass lantern with the kids? Read on for the full supply list and easy step-by-step instructions.

Up-Cycled Stained Glass Lantern Craft How-To

What you'll need:
  • a pencil
  • scissors
  • wax paper
  • a fine tip paint brush
  • black puffy paint
  • glitter glue (in a variety of colors / your choice of colors) we found the pictured glitter glue pots in a 12 pack of colors for $1.99 at the craft store. You could also use craft glue and simply use a drop or two of food color to mix various colors.
  • craft paint in your choice of color(s)
  • an empty cardboard box or container of your choice.
  • battery operated tea light candles (note: DO NOT use real flame tea lights in these paper lanterns!)
How to:
  1. Using scissors, cut panels (square, circular, or diamond shapes- your choice!) out of your chosen up-cycled cardboard box or container.
  2. Paint your cardboard box or container in a color(s) of your choice.
  3. Cut wax paper panels sized to fit the panels that you've cut out of the container.
  4. Use a pencil to lightly trace out a design of your choosing on one or more of the wax paper panels.
  5. Use tape to affix each of the wax paper panels on the inside of your box/container.
  6. Use black puffy paint to outline the design that you penciled (make sure to create complete sections / lines that will hold the glitter glue in place in sections - refer to imagery above and below.) Allow adequate time for the puffy paint to dry. 
  7. Once dry, use a fine point paint brush to fill the spaces of your design in with glitter glue in different colors. Allow adequate time for drying.
  8. Place a battery operated tea light in your completed up-cycled stained glass lantern and ENJOY!

Happy crafting, friends!