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  1. July 26, 2013
    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    Not only are these magical, but the best part is that they works of art by your girls. SO cool. I’ve been wanting to give my wintery mason jar lanterns a makeover to become summer lanterns…I just may have to try something like this! Thanks for the inspiration, Ms. Tara.
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    • July 28, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, let me know if you do try something like this, Lauren. I was thinking that if painter’s tape got involved (or even some calculated scratching) there could be some beautiful results!

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  2. July 26, 2013
    Krista @thehappyhousie

    You are such a cool crafty mom… what lucky little girls! These are awesome and so great to include your little gals. I gotta get my hands on some of that mod podge outdoor…Michaels??
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    • July 28, 2013
      Tara

      Yes, Michaels is the place to find the Mod Podge Outdoor. I use it A LOT. (Though the large pot of it is quite pricey there)

      We like to craft because it keeps us busy! (Plus, they’re good guinea pigs for craft projects!)

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  3. July 28, 2013
    emily

    those are SO pretty! Lovely! At first I thought it was tissue paper on them {I just saw that idea in a magazine} but the paint is adorable… I don’t have any outdoor Mod Podge, but it looks like it works great.
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    • July 28, 2013
      Tara

      I have seen some tissue-paper lanterns before too, but I didn’t have the crepe/tissue paper on hand, and I didn’t know if Lucy had the coordination to decoupage without it becoming a wrinkled mess.

      I like the paint – it’s simple and easy and it’s SUPPOSED to be all mottled and full of holes. It was a fun project! (And you should definitely get your hands on some Mod Podge Outdoor – it’s awesome stuff!)

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  4. July 28, 2013
    Amy of while wearing heels

    Loved this the first time I saw it and now I love it even more. So adorable. Your girls now have an early love for mason jars πŸ™‚
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    • July 28, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Amy! My girls most definitely do have an early love for all jars that are mason. I brought home three flats of jars today! (But for canning beans and tomatoes – no craftiness yet!)

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  5. July 28, 2013
    Kenz @ Interiors by Kenz

    Well isn’t this the raddest thing I’ve ever seen?! I bet the girls had so much fun working on this project. I love how they turned out. I bet they thought they were the most magical part of the night. And I would have done the SAME thing, with the color pallet πŸ™‚
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    • July 28, 2013
      Tara

      I’m glad I’m not the only matchy-matchy crazy when it comes to things in a series. I just had to dominate the colours, but left the rest to them.

      They had a good time making them. I’m definitely going to make this a camping project in the future!

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  6. July 28, 2013
    Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell

    So cute! I am with you – keep the colour palettes the same….it would drive me nuts to have different colours! I bet the girls were so excited to see them once they are done. Great inexpensive idea!
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    • July 29, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, you’re so right that it’s inexpensive, Kelly (and part of the reason why I love it!). I try not to infringe on the girls’ creativity, but I just had to have the same paint colours. It was a must. πŸ™‚

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  7. July 29, 2013
    Tammy Killough

    Tara….How adorable! And such a creative idea for the kids to express themselves! Thanks for sharing…I’m pinning this project! ~Tammy
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    • July 29, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you for the pin, Tammy! It was a lot of fun for the girls to do (Lila is so proud of her lantern – she shows it to everyone who comes onto the patio)!

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  8. July 29, 2013
    Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life…

    Your girls are adorable and so are the mason jars!!!
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    • July 29, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Cynthia! I think they’re pretty cute (might be biased, though!)

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  9. July 29, 2013
    Tiffany @ MyDirt

    What a simple and beautiful idea?! I think the brilliant part is to tie the string around the ring instead of around the opening of the jar! It’s the simple things.
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    • July 29, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you, Tiffany! I try to keep things as simple as possible with the girls (and also for myself) – I was thrilled when the twine on the lid worked!

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  10. July 29, 2013
    Kimberlee

    These are so cute. They look like a lot of fun to make. I like the centerpiece idea.

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    • July 29, 2013
      Tara

      I thought that a centerpiece of these would be lovely (especially if there was a design involved in the “peek-a-boo” aspect of the lanterns)!

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  11. July 29, 2013
    Jenn

    Great idea! I love your neat freak attitude! I’m the same ! πŸ˜‰
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    • July 29, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, I’ve already accepted my Helicopter Mom label. I don’t know if I’m so much a neat freak as a control freak, though! πŸ˜‰

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  12. July 29, 2013
    Marilyn

    What a super fun project….and they turned out so beautiful! πŸ˜€
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    • July 29, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Marilyn! The girls were so proud of them!

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  13. July 29, 2013
    Monica

    These are awesome! my kiddos are past the lantern painting stage, but, I’m not!! I love all the new uses for mason jars, don’t you?
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    • July 29, 2013
      Tara

      I’m still in the lantern-painting stage of my life, too! I love how versatile mason jars are (and I still love them for canning, too!).

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  14. July 29, 2013
    Shanna Gilbert

    What fun for little ones to help make! Pinned!
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    • July 29, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Shanna! (I’m always very appreciative of any pin!) πŸ™‚

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  15. July 29, 2013
    Terri

    i love this project, thanx so much for sharing
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    • July 29, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Terri! πŸ™‚

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  16. July 30, 2013
    Danni@SiloHillFarm

    How fun Tara! I love to watch kids paint! When they painted pumpkins at our pumpkin patch, it was so much fun and they always used up all the paint on their plates…Halloween colors mixed together = grey.
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    • July 30, 2013
      Tara

      Oh… I LOVE the idea of painting pumpkins. I’m definitely doing that.

      (But yes… black + any other colour usually ends up not-so-colourful… perhaps I’ll leave it off the palette? Is that a Hallowe’en faux-pas?)

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  17. July 30, 2013
    Meegan

    Thanks for sharing this! Thanks for the idea! I can’t wait to do the same thing with our kiddos!
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  18. July 30, 2013
    Janelle @ Two Cups of Happy

    These are too sweet. Knowing they were made by your girls must make them that much more special! I can’t wait to do arts & crafts with my future (still non-existent) children… Haha.
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    • July 30, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, I think that I have mom-goggles when it comes to nearly all of the arts-and-crafts that my girls make. I think they’re all beautiful! πŸ™‚ (I’m sure you’ll find that too when your non-existent offspring suddenly exist!)

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  19. July 31, 2013
    Inspire Me Heather

    Your lanterns look adorable, what a great idea to keep the kids busy too!
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    • July 31, 2013
      Tara

      Heather – that’s too funny that you said that. Half of the time, my craft ideas are also “busy work”. It keeps the kids doing something creative (and not watching tv or fighting with each other)!

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  20. July 31, 2013
    Sheila @sZinteriors

    Awe, I love their little lanterns! What a great project for them!! πŸ™‚

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    • July 31, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Sheila! They had so much fun creating them – we will probably do it again!

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  21. July 31, 2013
    Dani @ lifeovereasy

    sooo cute – what an adorable project! great that the kids can do this one themselves.
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    • July 31, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Dani! They were pretty proud of themselves! πŸ™‚

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  22. August 2, 2013
    Karen@NourishWithKaren

    Great Idea! I always loved doing crafty things with my children too and I miss those days!

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    • August 2, 2013
      Tara

      I know that I need to really savour these moments – soon the girls won’t be as interested in crafting with me. But for now, I’m taking advantage of the fact that they’ll blindly follow my instructions. πŸ˜‰

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  23. August 2, 2013
    Tia

    great craft! I’ve been meaning to get some light into my backyard… maybe I’ll give this a whirl this weekend. Love that you got your kids involved too!
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    • August 2, 2013
      Tara

      It would be a great (and inexpensive) way to get some lighting into the backyard. You could hang them from pretty much anything! If you try it out, let me know! I’d love to see photos! πŸ™‚

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  24. August 5, 2013
    Martha

    Thank you for this tutorial. It’s a clever way how to tie a string to that jar using its lid πŸ™‚
    I love manson jars for all sorts of crafty purposes – storage of ribbons and buttons, pincushions. Last year I painted them with glass paints: http://marthaafterhours.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/crafty-storage-jars.html
    Would love to try a white crochet cover for them too! – just need to brush up on my crocheting skills!
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    • August 5, 2013
      Tara

      I was really happy when I learned that the twine would allow for the lid to be screwed on. It makes for a simple handle (and I didn’t have to go out and buy floral wire or mickey-mouse a handle from something).

      I saw your mason jars – they’re lovely! The pin-cushion tops are gorgeous! I love that you cross-stitched them!

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  25. August 5, 2013
    Linda @ it all started with paint

    These are so adorable! I just love, love them!!!

    πŸ™‚ Linda

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    • August 5, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Queen of Jars that are Mason! Your compliments mean a lot! πŸ™‚

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  26. August 13, 2013
    Tinne

    Such a great Idea! Thank your for sharing!!

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  27. October 11, 2013
    Sharon

    How fun! I adore this idea. And you are a talented writer!
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  28. March 15, 2014
    Crystal @ Sew Creative

    Congrats on being featured on Mod Podge Rocks! Your girls are adorable. πŸ™‚
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    • March 16, 2014
      Tara

      Awww… thank you, Crystal. I think they’re pretty cute, too! πŸ˜‰

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