DIY Kids Craft: Tissue Paper Lanterns

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This post was written by Emily Schwerin-Whyte – VP of Sales and Marketing, and one of the family-owners of Badger.

As part of Badger’s recent 20th anniversary celebration, Katie, one of Badger’s co-owners (and my mom), put together an activity day for the Badger kids including my almost 6 year old daughter Maya. A happy group of about 20 little kids walked the labyrinth, ate cake and got to make their very own stained glass lanterns. This is a fun project that is easy to do yourself and would be a great activity for the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Katie and Maya (blue jumper) at the Badger Kids party.
Katie and Maya (front row, blue jumper) at the Badger Kids party.

Supplies Needed:

  • Pint sized canning jar (or similar sized, empty food jar with labels completely removed)
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Washable, non-toxic school glue (mixed half glue with half water)
  • Thin gauge garden wire (for a handle)
  • Small foam paint brush
  • Tea light candle

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Prep should take no longer than 15 minutes (depending on how many lanterns you are prepping).

The activity itself will take anywhere from 15 – 30 minutes.


Fill a small container with the glue mixture – half glue, half water – then mix it to an even consistency.

Tear different colored tissue paper in to small irregular pieces, 1 – 2 inches in diameter.

Prep the jars by wrapping the wire around the neck of the jar then attaching a second piece of wire for the handle. (picture) Be sure to pinch any wire ends together so there are no sharp edges. It’s a good idea to add the handle before decorating the jar so that you can easily move the jar while the glue is still drying.

Time to have fun!

Kids of all ages will be able to do this craft, though the littlest ones might need some help.

DIY Kids Lantern - Badger Blog

Apply a little bit of the glue mixture to the jar with the foam paint brush, then apply a single piece of tissue paper over the glue. Repeat until the whole jar is covered with overlapping tissue paper. Once it is dry, you can place and light the tea candle inside and the colors will come to life.

DIY Kids Lantern - Badger Blog

I’ve presented this as a kids craft but I can totally see doing this activity myself!

emily-maya Emily Schwerin-Whyte is the VP of Sales and Marketing, and one of the family-owners. She’s been with Badger since 1995! “I remember packing boxes off of our dining room table alongside my dad when Badger first started in 1995. We have grown quite a bit since then, and we now come to work each day in a beautiful ecological building, but I am still lucky enough to work with my family. I even got to bring my daughter Maya to work with me when she was a baby!”
Emily’s favorite Badger products are Sleep Balm, Sore Muscle Rub, & Lip Tint & Shimmer.

Have you tried this DIY project? Do you have a similar project you love doing with the kids? Let us know in the comments below!

10 comments on “DIY Kids Craft: Tissue Paper Lanterns

  • I love the idea. That is the proper blog for anybody who wants to search out out about this topic. You notice a lot its nearly laborious to argue with you (not that I truly would need…HaHa). You definitely put a brand new spin on a subject that’s been written about for years. Nice stuff, simply nice!

    • Thank you so much, Sana! My daughter is one of the Badger kiddos who participated and can attest that it was a lot of fun to do together. Happy crafting to you! Kindly, Emily M

  • Sonya walden says: daughter’s girl scouts would love this.thanks for sharing.I was looking for somewhere to let y’all know how much we love your sore muscle big thanks twice

  • Patricia Morrigan says:

    What a great idea for even us oldies who love wonderful light and candles. I thought, wouldn’t it be great to turn out the lights, light the candles, and turn off all the gadgets and tell stories and talk to one another? Play games and such. Lots of fun!

  • Robyn Engelman says:

    We made these yesterday with my nine year old daughter and her best friend! We used warm colors of red, orange and yellow to balance the nice cold weather we’re finally getting here, and when they’re lit, the overlapping colors of tissue paper create lovely new shades! My fourteen year old son and his friend saw them and now they also want to make some with winter colors of blue and white. So this is obviously a great project for all ages. I’ll be heading out for more tissue paper!

    • Emily Schwerin-Whyte says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience with this Robyn. That is the great thing about this project – it really works for any age group!


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