Grab some map printouts and your Mod Podge, and make the cutest mason jar craft ever – a map lantern! This is such a fun and easy craft idea.
I walked over to one side of the driveway, glanced down and literally gasped out loud. Surprise! Two boxes of mason jars! I couldn’t claim them fast enough.
So for weeks these beautiful jars have been taunting me in the studio as I pondered what to do. It wasn’t until I was at the library that it hit me . . . maps! I couldn’t check out those antique map books fast enough.
I took them home, scanned my favorite one and printed it out on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper. You can use any kind of maps for this mason jar craft, as long as the paper is thin enough. Maps from newspapers would work amazing!
Making Lanterns out of Mason Jars
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A map or a printout of one, 8 1/2″ x 11″ to cover two jars
- Mason jars with lids, cleaned and dried
- Mod Podge
- Twine or string
- LED tea lights
Cut the map in half and you should have two pieces, about 5″ x 7″. Apply a generous amount of Mod Podge to the inside of the jar. Insert one of the map pieces and start pressing the paper up against the walls of the jars.
Use your finger or a pencil to rub out any bubbles and folds. The paper will fold a bit and that’s okay. Save the other map piece for another jar. Let stand for two hours.
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