Chinese New Year Candle Holder

Create a Chinese lantern-like candle holder by decorating a glass jar with red tissue paper and acrylic paint.

Safety Tips

  • Adult supervision is needed when working with glass jars.
  • Lighting and putting a candle inside the candle holder should only be done by an adult.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.
Chinese New Year Candle Holder craft

Materials

  • Glass jar
  • Red art tissue paper (non-bleeding)
  • Black acrylic paint or black permanent marker
  • White glue or clear liquid glue
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors

Steps

Step 1 Chinese New Year Candle Holder craft 1. Scout around for squat or round glass jars to recycle into candle holders. Wash and dry them well.
Step 2 Chinese New Year Candle Holder craft 2. Tear red art tissue into small pieces.
Step 3 Chinese New Year Candle Holder craft 3. Dilute one part white glue or clear liquid glue with one part water. Dip a piece of red tissue paper onto the glue mixture then stick it onto the glass jar. You can use your finger or a paint brush to smoothen the edges of the tissue.
Step 4 Chinese New Year Candle Holder craft 4. Continue gluing on pieces of red tissue, overlapping the pieces along the edges.
Step 5 Chinese New Year Candle Holder craft 5. You can let the tissue paper go over the top edge of the jar. Once you have covered the outside surface of the jar with tissue paper, set the jar aside to dry.
Step 6 Chinese New Year Candle Holder craft 6. Once dry, trim off the excess tissue along the jar's top edge.
Step 7 Chinese New Year Candle Holder craft 7. Use undiluted black acrylic paint or black permanent marker to make a black border along the jar's top edge.
Step 8 Chinese New Year Candle Holder craft 8. Paint Chinese characters or Chinese-inspired images (e.g. dragon or yin/yang symbol) around the jar using black acrylic paint or you may write with a black permanent marker. As an option, you can lightly sketch the characters prior to painting.
Step 9 Chinese New Year Candle Holder craft Ask for an adult's help9. When the paint has dried, you may try using your Chinese lantern-inspired jar as a candle holder. Only an adult should put and light a tealight candle inside the jar.

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