How to Make a Baby-Food-Jar Lantern

Transform empty baby food jars into adorable votive holders.


-With a baby at home, you may find yourself swimming in baby food jars. I'm gonna show you an easy way to upcycle a jar into a little mini lantern that you could use to decorate your baby's first birthday party. For this project, you'll need baby food jars, mod podge, water, a disposable cup for mixing, food coloring, a teaspoon, scissors, a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil then wax paper, ribbon, a hot glue gun, and candles. To get started, you'll first need to preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Take a disposable cup and mix 1 part water with 2 parts mod podge. Add food coloring until you get a color that you like. But just remember that the end result will be a little less opaque than the color that you see in this stage. Pour your mixture into the baby food jar and just roll it around until the inside is fully covered. Keep it turned upside down and let it drip out into the original mixing cup. Now, just place your jars faced down on a cookie sheet and put 'em in the oven. You wanna leave them in there for just 3 minutes. Then with an oven mitt, remove them from the oven, take a paper towel, and wipe the rim after letting it cool for just a few seconds to remove the excess paint. Place the jars back in the oven for another 20 minutes to fully set the color. After the jars have totally cooled, add a decorative touch by gluing a ribbon to the rim to make a little hanging handle. The ribbon trim also hides any messy edges that you may have. These baby food jar lanterns will look adorable decorating your table for your baby's first birthday party.

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