One of the best things about summertime? Late night porch chats (preferably with a glass of vino in hand). I had seen this tissue paper luminary idea over on Pinterest when searching for 4th of July-inspired decorating ideas. But rather than make something we could just enjoy for a short period of time, I thought why not make something we can enjoy all summer long?

Hence the colorful kaleidoscope idea. A great post-backyard baby pool swim activity.

Here’s what you need:

  1. Mason Jars
  2. Colorful Tissue Paper, cut into squares or any shape really
  3. Mod Podge
  4. Foam Paint Brushes

Kaleidoscope Luminaries Materials
Step One:
Using a foam brush, coat the inside of the mason jar with Mod Podge.

Kaleidoscope Luminaries Step One

Step Two:
Gently cover the Mod Podge with tissue paper squares/shapes. You may need to use your brush (with a little mod podge on it) to smooth out seems. No need to make a pattern — go crazy! The more overlaps and fun shapes created, the more interesting your luminary will be. {Your pint sizer will probably need help smoothing out the bubbles/crinkles} Try and cover all areas of the glass.

Kaliedoscope Luminaries Step Two

Step Three:
Let it dry! If your kiddos are Mod Podge ‘heavy painters’ like those helping us with this craft, drying may take a LONG TIME.

Kaleidoscope Luminaries Step Three

Step Four:
Find a tealight candle and place it in the middle of your luminary. Light it up and watch the colors glow!