We live in a neighborhood with no street lights or sidewalks. It’s a very pretty setting and normally I like the lack of light pollution… But no street lights does not make it easy for trick-or-treaters to find their way to our house.
We turn on all our lights on Halloween, but I still feel like have to encourage the trick-or-treaters to stop. I’ve always loved the look of Sidewalk Lanterns and I thought that would be the perfect way to go.
I thought about using mason jars and spray paint like I did with our little luminaries from last year, but I was afraid they might get kicked or broken by small children, plus I wanted more light than the opaque spray paint would give. I found these plastic cups at the party store and knew they would be perfect for the lanterns.
The process was super easy and in no time at all, I had 14 little sidewalk lanterns. (Amazon has a 24 pack of these tea lights/flameless candles w/ replacement batteries for around $12.) If I have time, I will probably make a few more.
Would you like to make a few sidewalk lanterns? Here is how I did it:
Gather your supplies. (I used plastic tumblers, modge podge and orange tissue paper.)
Pre-tear your tissue paper into large and small pieces.
Use your finger to spread glue all over the cup and cover with a large piece of tissue. Keep adding tissue and glue as needed. Let cup dry.
Use an nail file to file off any excess paper hanging over the edge of the glass. I found that trying to rip the tissue made the edges ragged and not as pretty.
Add a flame-less tea light and you are good to go!
They even look pretty during the day and with the lights on.
I will be saving these to use for night-time parties too!
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