After the lanterns at Halloween, I started thinking about Christmas and how FABULOUS little Christmas luminaries would be, so I started playing with my friend's Cricut and her Christmas Cheer cartridge (which, incidentally, led to me buying my own Cricut on Black Friday--Merry Christmas, Me!!). I cut out a bunch of holiday shapes and we had a fabulous time. Seriously, one of the best activities I've been to. The greatest part was that moment when everything had been Mod Podged and was u-g-l-y and then watching it transform into something adorable. Let's just say that tissue paper, Mod Podge, and ribbon can hide a lot of mistakes... :)
You definitely don't have to have a Cricut to make Christmas lanterns (although if you know someone who has one, it certainly will make things easier!) If you look at my pictures below, the snowman was not done on a Cricut; that was the one I freehanded and it ended up being the favorite of a lot of people.
Not only do the lanterns themselves make great gifts, but they are great at holding little holiday goodies (like maybe a cellophane bag full of Fruity Candy Popcorn or Peppermint Bag Popcorn or a bunch of Dipped Pretzel Rods). Just include a tea light with your treats and let the lucky recipient know they can use the jar as a lantern when it's empty.
I'm not exactly re-inventing the wheel here with the instructions--essentially, we're following the directions for the Halloween lanterns. But I'll put them over here with a few tips from someone who's craftily challenged...
--Jars, any size; you can even use empty, glass food jars like pickle or salsa jars. I actually kind of really like them because a) they're free and b) they're totally smooth.
--Holiday cut-outs. You want to use regular paper or card stock, not tissue paper, for the cut-outs.
Now...for a large Mason jar, you'll use about 1/2 of a regular sheet of tissue paper. Rip the paper into 2-inch strips. You'll find that if you tear it one direction, it'll tear in a relatively straight line and if you tear it in the other direction, it's a hot mess. Don't complicate your life--tear it in the easy direction.
Drop a tealight in and light 'em up! I'm not sure it could get more festive... :)
Now...we've gotta talk about the comments. We LOVE that y'all are excited about the blender giveaway, but ONLY comments on the blender post will be counted! If you leave a comment on Facebook, Twitter, or respond to an email, it won't be counted; if you enter the blender contest on a post other than on the blender post, it will be deleted and NOT counted. We're REALLY not trying to be rude here, but there are TONS of entries and we MUST have them all in one place. We also have to make sure people aren't trying to get more than one entry. So please, please, PLEASE don't enter the contest on this post (or the popcorn post, or any other posts we make this week)--go to the blender post. Comment there. If you comment here, you may be held responsible my trip to the mental hospital (and probably Sara's too).