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Make a Lantern | Art Activity

Create a Jar Lantern

Make a Lantern

Make a Lantern Instructions

Title: Make a Lantern

Overview: Create a Jar Lantern  

Themes: Jar Painting


Mosque Lamp inscribed with the name of Emir Tankizbugha, Egypt or Syria, 1386, Louvre Museum 

Age Range: 6-12 years old

Activity Timing: 45 minutes 

Materials: Paint brush, food colouring, PVA glue, permanent marker, an empty glass or plastic container, LED light candle, gold paint (optional)

Thinking Questions:

  • What colours and patterns can you see?
  • What do you think is written on the lamp?
  • Try to spot the little sword at the top of the artwork!


1. Add different food colourings to the PVA glue and mix together

2. Paint the inside of the container using a paintbrush

3. Use a permanent marker to decorate the container with the patterns and letters

4. Place the container over the LED candle

Now you have your own lantern!

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