Firefly Lights

Hang a set of glass lanterns in your garden. They're perfect for lighting the path at night.

What You Need:

firefly jars
Twinkle, twinkle, little firefly
  • Waxed paper
  • Clean glass jar
  • Dish towel
  • Glass paint in colors you like
  • 24-gauge colored wire in two colors
  • Wire cutters
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Glass beads in assorted colors
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Tealight candle

Instructions:

Firefly pattern
Steps 1 and 2.

1. Cover your work area with a sheet of waxed paper to protect it. Lay the jar on its side. To keep the jar from rolling, prop up the sides with a dish towel. Paint fireflies on the top half of the jar with glass paint, using the pattern as a guide. Don't squeeze out too much paint; it will drip down the sides of the jar.

Paint firefly
Firefly pattern.

2. When the paint is dry, roll the jar over and paint the other side. 3. Cut two 24"-long pieces from one color of wire. Cut one 18"-long piece from the second color of wire. (Ask a grown-up for a helping hand with this.)

Step four firefly
Step 4.

4. Wrap a 24"-long wire around the neck of the jar twice. Twist the ends together. To curl the wire, wrap the end around a pencil. Remove the pencil and thread glass beads onto the curls. Repeat for the second wire. Position the curls across from each other.

Step five firefly
Step 5.

5. To make the handle, use needle-nose pliers to curl the ends of the 18" wire, and wrap them around the wrapped wire between the curls and the jar. Put a tealight candle inside. (Only a grown-up should light the candle.)

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