Rock Paper Scissors: DIY Fairies in a Jar

Fairy lantern jars! The perfect nightlight for any little boy or girl! Or imagine placing these outside your garden at night?


To get started, you will need the following supplies:

  • Clear glass jar (preferably without writing on it)
  • White tissue paper
  • Fairy silhouette cutouts (I purchased mine on Etsy but you could also cut out your own at home using black card stock)
  • Scissors
  • Modge Podge (if you do not have any you can also make a mixture of water and white glue)
  • Glitter (I like iridescent)
  • Moss and decorative objects to adorn lid on jar
  • Battery operated tea light candle
  • Paint brush

For my new Austrian followers you can find tissue paper at Libro in the Hallmark section, glass jar from Nanu Nana, instead of Modge Podge you can buy white glue and mix with water OR buy Art Potch from Mueller, Moss and whool from Depot.

I have posted (my very FIRST Youtube tutorial here) please do check it out for more in-depth instructions.


  1. Prepare your jar. In my case I removed the metal clasps
  2. Select what silhouette you will use
  3. Take your paint brush and apply a thin coat of glue on the fairy
  4. Stick your fairy inside the jar wall
  5. Hold your fairy firmly for a few seconds to be sure it sticks to the inside of glass jar
  6. Cut out white tissue paper (enough to wrap around the jar and base of jar)
  7. Apply a layer of glue around the jar (you can do this in steps) and then gently smooth out tissue paper all over jar
  8. Leave the bottom free from glue for now
  9. Be sure to wrap the tissue around the top of the jar too
  10. Allow jar to dry for roughly 45 minutes and then you can flip it over and do the same to the bottom of the jar
  11. During the time your jar is drying you can decorate the lid (if you like). I used moss and green felt/whool
  12. Check if your jar is dry!
  13. You are now ready to apply glitter!
  14. You may wish to apply glitter along the bottom edge of the jar or along the top and any areas where you may have torn the tissue paper or notice many wrinkles. Apply small dots of glue and sprinkle with glitter. Shake off excess and repeat in other areas
  15. Allow jar to fully dry
  16. Once the jar is dry you can add a piece of cord or raffia around the top part (if you like)
  17. Place your battery operated tea light candle inside the jar and cover with lid
  18. Enjoy your new fairy light!


2 Comments on Rock Paper Scissors: DIY Fairies in a Jar

  1. Noor
    March 23, 2018 at 3:44 am (3 years ago)

    It looks so cute. I am going to make this to my daughter.

  2. Kelly Mahan
    April 12, 2018 at 4:32 pm (3 years ago)

    This jar looks so cute! I love this project idea, will sure try making it!

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