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Buzzworthy Glass Party Lanterns

By: Susan from Organized 31

No matter where you live, everyone dreams of the laid-back Hawai'i lifestyle, which is why beaches are often popular bedroom theme ideas. Turn your home into a paradise with these Buzzworthy Glass Party Lanterns. Whether you're using them as a room decoration or as party decor, these lanterns will really get people talking. These party lanterns also make great DIY wedding decorations that will inspire everyone to get on the dance floor and do the hula.

Primary TechniqueGlass Crafts




  • Recycled jars
  • Paint
  • Sponge brush
  • Sand
  • Battery votive candles
  • Raffia
  • Shells
  • Luau mats


  1. It all starts with a hoard of recycled glass jars.  If you don’t have your own stash, just ask your hula family or friends to collect some for you and in a couple of weeks you’ll have plenty of jars.  Sort through and find the shapes and heights that you like.
  2. Remove the labels and wash well. Make faux beach glass jars out of them.  It’s easy to do. The hardest part is learning how to pounce the paint onto the jar.  Use a sponge brush and pounce (bounce the brush up and down) to add a liberal amount of paint.

  3. More is more in this case and produces a more beachy look.
  4. Be sure to read the directions for your glass paint because they can have cure times of several weeks. Once the jars have cured, add raffia on all the jars and a sea shell medallion.

  5. Fill each jar with sand and add a battery operated votive candle.
  6. Add a raffia mat and more shells.


  • These Hawaiian beach glass party lanterns also make great home decor accents.


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I love the look of these jars. I guess I should find some glass paint. I cannot wait to throw a garden party with tea lights I these jars. Or hang them from a tree to create a magical mood.

I will have to research glass paint and the process for curing times! I love that this project does look like beach glass! As an alternative to jars, if you don't care for that look, going to a thrift resale store is like a goldmine in glassware! From votive candle holders, drinking glasses and vases, you can find alternatives for very little money. Another option is the dollar store! Of course, glass food jars do accumulate, so I can see where this is a great up cycling project... But it's always fun to have options! Thanks for sharing this super idea!

It does not tell you what kind of paint to use. Can some one please tell me if they know.


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