Make hanging lanterns for the holidays, with this festive and easy DIY tutorial.
Over the years, I’ve created plenty of non-traditional holiday DIYs. And I think I always will because they’re super fun for me to create.
BUT sometimes there’s nothing better than adding your own DIY vibes to a classic idea (the projects that have been around for years and years).
Today’s projects is one of those classics! I made a bunch of DIY lanterns for outdoor entertaining, using mason jars.
To add my own twist, I made a hanging version, added polka dot patterns (because why not, right?!), and spun them into DIY hanging holiday lanterns that scream Christmas from a mile away.
Plus, the lights I used make the lanterns look like there are fireflies inside. Happy accident for sure!
Click through for the tutorial and all the holiday-inspired photos.
Materials for DIY Hanging Holiday Lanterns
- mason jars (in 2-3 different sizes)
- heavy-duty yarn
- 3/4 inch or 1 inch circle stickers
- spray paint
- battery-powered LED string lights (not pictured)
- tree trimmings and floral wire (optional)
There are many different sizes of mason jars as well. I personally love the variety in sizes for a project like this. Makes it feel more effortless in charm, imo.
So many options and they’re all super affordable too.
Instructions for DIY Hanging Holiday Lanterns
1. Add stickers to jars.
Start by adding stickers to the outside of the jars in any pattern you like. Make sure they’re smooth against the surface of the jar.
2. Spray paint jars.
Then remove the lid and spray paint in a well ventilated area.
I would recommend laying out layers of newspaper outside, turning the jars upside down, and giving all the jars one to two even coats of paint.
3. Let jars dry and remove stickers.
Once dry, remove the stickers from the jar.
If any of the stickers are difficult to remove, use a sharp blade.
4. Attach string or yarn.
Then, add a couple of long piece of yarn underneath the lid lip and triple knot them together after wrapping around the lip.
5. Add lights.
Add battery-powered LED string lights inside and close the jar.
6. Add more lantern details.
You can stop at step number 5 OR play up the holidays by adding some tree trimmings around the mouth of each jar with a little bit of wire.
You could even add fresh flowers for special occasions.
7. Hang lanterns from trees and other areas.
Lastly, hang the lanterns from different places outdoors (and inside too, if you like).
It looks best when the lanterns are at varying heights and in clusters.
Speaking of which, I love how clusters of these lanterns look hanging from low tree limbs, especially as it starts to get dark outside. So pretty.
Can I use these holiday lanterns year round?
Considering daylight savings is over and it’s getting darker earlier, we could all probably use a handful of these in the backyard all year long.
Once the holidays are over, remove the tree trimming garlands and you can reuse the polka dot lanterns year round. Easy as can be!
I don’t have any trees to hang lanterns on. Any other ideas?
You can hang lanterns like these DIY ones tons of places – not just in trees.
- You can hang them near your stockings from a fireplace mantle. Just make sure they’re super secure first. You don’t want them to fall and break glass everywhere.
- Hang them from doorknobs for a little festive charm (indoors and out).
- Hang lanterns from the staircase bannister, with other garland and greenery.
- Skip the string and rest them on a coffee table in the living room. Or on the dining table during your next holiday party.
- Or add them to your front doorsteps or porch area for an adorable welcome to carolers and beyond.
Model Cori Maass
Photography / Styling Brittni Mehlhoff
What do you think? Are you ready for the holidays?!
Any outdoor holiday plans where you could use these hanging lanterns?