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DIY in a BOX | Patriotic Solar Lantern

Posted by Ashley Eisenhauer on

Our Patriotic Solar Lantern will have you in the patriotic spirit in no time. This lantern makes a great centerpiece for dinning outside and provides an adorable glow while sitting by a late night fire. 







We are going to use all three colors to paint the stars around the lantern in various sizes. After the first coat drys, you may need to apply a second coat depending on how heavy you have applied the paint. Allow at least one hour of drying time in between layers. 

We have painted 5 pointed stars on the lantern. If you are unsure how to paint them reference the illustration bellow. When painting stars, if you find the corners feather start at the tip & press down to get a fine edge applying more of the body of the brush. 

You can paint one side of the jar while it lays on the table. After that you may want to hold the jar by the rim and rotate the jar as you paint all the way around. 

Next we will use the back side of the paint brush to make small dots on the stars to add a little bit of a fun detail. 

There is no right and wrong way to decorate your lantern. You can add additional details like stripes of smaller stars on the biggest ones you have or even fireworks in between stars.

To get the longest life from your lantern we recommend you store the lantern in a dray place like under a porch or some other kind of covering. 

Baking Instructions: 
Place your mason jar (no cap) on a foil lined baking sheet in a room temperature oven. Turn the oven to 350 degrees, & set the timer to 35 minutes.  The intention is for the glasses to warm up gradually.  At 35 minutes, turn the oven off, & allow your glasses to cool fully inside the oven.  We find it best to bake our glass around 7:30pm, then take them out the next morning after they've cooled overnight.   

Make sure your lantern lid is in "On" position and place outside in the sun to charge. Lights will illuminate only in darkness. To test lights while inside, place palm over the solar panel or place a thick piece of paper over the lid. 

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