These gorgeous Fairy Lanterns are the whimsical and dreamy DIY project you need right now

Looking for a fun and simple project you can try at home? Introducing, magical fairy lanterns.

You only need a few simple things to make these lanterns, and they look terrific when displayed either indoors or outside, letting you feel like you’ve got your very own pet fairies!

Nichola Battilana of the Pixie Hill blog shared the tutorial to make the lanterns, as well as reminding us all never to put real fairies in jars. After all, they might pinch your fingers and get mad if you treat them rudely!

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Ideal for use as nightlights, charming garden decorations, or to add a little magic to any room of your home, these fairy lanterns can be made with the following simple things:

  • Fairy cutouts (you can either try making your own or buy online from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts)
  • Some glass jam jars
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Twine
  • Little accessories and decorations like plastic berries or mini pine cones
  • Some battery-powered tealights or fairy lights
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Once you’ve got all of your items assembled, it’s time to get started!

The first step is to put your fairy cutouts into the jars. Bend them a little to break up the fibers and then add some glue, before sticking them on the inside of the jar.

You can use a fast-drying instant glue or any other kind of glue you like, but be sure to hold the fairy figure in place until it’s dry and set. If it falls off, you’ll have to start over.

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Next up, you should cover the outside of a jar with a layer of white, school-style glue and place a layer of tissue paper on top.

When doing this, if you overlap a little of the paper, that’s okay, but the more layers, the less light will be able to pass through the paper and out of the jar, so tried to avoid too much overlap.

The paper might tear or crease a little while you’re applying it too, but that’s not a problem either as you can cover that up with glitter later on. When you’re all done with the paper, place the jar upside down and leave it to try, before proceeding to the next step.

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Kids or those who are young-at-heart will love this part, as this is where you get to start using some glitter.

Apply a little glue to the top and bottom sections of the glass jar and then add some clear glitter to create a kind of vignette effect.

You can add a little more glitter to other areas you want to hide too, but avoid adding too much as it can block out quite a lot of light and may ruin the effect of your fairy.

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Once that’s all dry, you can grab some twine and wrap it around the rim of the jar, tying it up and sticking it in place with some instant glue.

Then, it’s time to get creative, adding little plastic berries, teeny tiny pine cones, or whatever else you want to use to decorate the rim.

Simply use the instant glue to secure each decoration in place.

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Once that’s all done, it’s time to bring your jar to life!

Nichola recommends adding battery-powered tealights or LED fairy lights in the jar, and don’t be afraid to add extra lights to provide a brighter glow and bring out the full magic of your fairy.

As the light glows, it will create a silhouette effect around your cutout, making it seem like there’s actually a fairy sitting right there inside the jar. Check out the video tutorial below to learn more and have fun making these delightful fairy lanterns.

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Source: Nichola Battilana, Pixie Hill

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