It was raining this afternoon and I was in the mood to make something with the kids. It didn't look like we would be able to head out to the playground so playtime with our hands seemed like the next best option.
Now earlier on, I had been pinning tissue paper craft ideas for this post and was inspired by these elegant luminaries.
The idea looked easy enough and I had all the materials. I also thought the kids could easily chip in and try it. I thought that this could be their mother's day present to me.
- jar (I used an old mayonnaise jar)
- tissue paper (I share a great tissue paper source here)
- mod podge or white glue* (I bought white glue from beacon)
- circle paper punch (available from papermarket)
- paint brush or sponge applicator (the paint brush that i used was from IKEA but you can find sponge applicators at Artfriend)
* If you use white glue, dilute it to a milky colour before using.
* If you don't have a circle paper punch, you can cut out squares instead.
I lay a large piece of mahjong paper on the table to catch any drips and spills. It made clean up just a bit easier.
Step 1 : Punch out the tissue paper circles using a circle paper punch. Punch more than you need because you don't want to have to punch them out midway with sticky hands.
Punching Tip : I find that layering the tissue paper with a piece of 70gsm paper helps the tissue paper punch out cleanly.
Step 2 : Brush the jar with glue. I used white glue in the end and it worked well. Layer the circles on and brush another layer of glue over the circle. Keep layering around the glass as you wish.
Step 3 : Leave to dry. Finally, insert a tea light into the jar and enjoy the candlelight.
My kids actually abandoned me halfway and I ended up pasting the circles on my own which, to be honest, I was happy to do.
But when I popped a tea light in, at the end, they were pretty wowed. Hey, I was too.
This craft turned out to be quite therapeutic and fun to do. I can't wait to make more stuff with tissue paper.
- I used a matchstick to light a chopstick to reach into the jar to light the tealight.
- Please be extra careful with the flame and never leave it unattended.